Pork Producers Provide 50,000 Meals for Underprivileged Iowans

May 9, 2023

The Iowa Pork Producers Association’s new Pork in the Pantry program provided more than 50,000 meals for underprivileged Iowans over the past few months. Forty county pork producer organizations worked with the state association to donate pork to local food pantries. The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) matched up to $1,000 for each county, totaling nearly $40,000 statewide.

Food pantries are frequently short of meat products, so this was a great way to get nutritious protein into the diets of food-insecure Iowans.

“I am so proud of the way county pork producer organizations stepped up and delivered for Iowans in a time of need,” said IPPA President Trish Cook, a pig farmer from Winthrop. “Our first year for the Pork in the Pantry program exceeded our expectations, and we helped a lot of food-insecure Iowans with delicious and nutritious meals. Pork producers care about this state and its people, and this is just one way for us to show we care.”

The pork donations included bacon, brats, chops, ground pork, hams, loins, roasts, sausage, and tenderloins, as well as convenience meals like precooked deli ham. Many groups purchased the pork from area meat lockers and grocery stores, helping to keep the dollars in their local communities.

“Iowa’s pork producers are amazing,” said Joyce Hoppes, IPPA’s consumer information director. “ Their support of the Pork in the Pantry program shows their commitment to making their communities better and enriching the lives of the food insecure with some delicious and nutritious, high-quality protein meals.”  

Counties participating in Pork in the Pantry this year include:

 Adair  Chickasaw  Henry  Lyon  Ringgold
 Adams  Clay   Howard  Madison  Sac
 Buchanan   Clayton  Ida  Marshall  Sioux
 Buena Vista  Delaware  Jasper  O’Brien  Story
 Calhoun  Des Moines  Jefferson  Page  Taylor
 Cass  Grundy  Johnson  Palo Alto  Washington
 Cedar   Hamilton  Jones  Plymouth  Webster 
 Cherokee  Hardin  Kossuth  Poweshiek  Winneshiek


Editor’s note: Photos from most participating counties are available by request.