On Monday, April 5, we’re giving away uncooked 5-POUND PORK LOINS and BACON to the first 1,000 households. Details below.

It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for supporting Iowa pig farmers and employees at processing facilities as they’ve worked to keep a safe food supply available to the community and for the country—despite COVID-19 challenges.

At an early afternoon event organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, IPPA President Dennis Liljedahl of Essex will say thank you to the local community for its support through the past year.

Also as part of the “Thank You” celebration, Iowa pig farmers will:

  • Donate to local food pantries for their continued work to alleviate hunger.
  • Provide pork coupons at local grocery stores for consumers to use.
  • Deliver pork thank-you baskets to local first responders.


What: Telling Denison ‘Thank You’

When: Monday, April 5, 2021, at 1 p.m.

Where: Donna Reed Theatre, 1305 Broadway, Denison, IA

Who: Mayor Pam Soseman; food pantry representatives; Smithfield Foods, Quality Food Processors, Chamber and Development Council of Crawford County, and IPPA President Dennis Liljedahl

Following the 1 p.m. event, pork products will be delivered to first responders in Denison, and pork coupons will be distributed to Denison grocery stores.

What: Pork to be Given Away

When: Monday, April 5, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m.; Smithfield has donated 1,000 four-to-five-pound fresh pork loins, and Quality Food Processors has provided 1,000 packages of bacon to pass out until 6 p.m., or until the supply runs out. One-pound of pork creates four servings of protein.

Where: United Presbyterian Church, 205 N. 24th St., Denison, IA

Who: Iowa pig farmers and community volunteers

Thank You events will be held in other locations this spring. The other communities are Ottumwa, Sioux City and Storm Lake. Events were held at Waterloo on March 23, and in Marshalltown on March 31.