Pork Producers Provide 50,000 Meals for Underprivileged Iowans

Pork Producers Provide 50,000 Meals for Underprivileged Iowans

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

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