On Friday, April 16, 2021, we’re giving away uncooked 5-POUND PORK LOINS to the first 1,000 households. Details below.

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

At an early afternoon event organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Washington County farmer Heidi Vittetoe will thank the Ottumwa community in person.

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 Ottumwa ‘Thank You’

When: Friday, April 16, 2021, at 1 p.m.

Where: Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa, IA

Who: Mayor Tom Lazio; Emily Shearer, Food Bank of Iowa representative; Chris Sheehan, JBS plant manager; Jill Riedl, John Deere Ottumwa Works; TJ Heller, Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress; and pig farmer Heidi Vittetoe

Following the 1 p.m. event, pork products will be delivered to first responders in Ottumwa, and pork coupons will be distributed to Ottumwa Fareway and Hy-Vee grocery stores so they can share those with their customers.

What: 1,000 Pork Loins to be Given Away

For: All residents in the Ottumwa area

When: Friday, April 16, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m., about 1,000 4- to 5-pound fresh pork loins will be handed out to those driving through the parking lot of the event. This continues through 6 p.m., or until the supply runs out. One pound of pork is four servings of protein.

Where: Parking lot of Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa, IA

Who: Iowa pig farmers and community volunteers will help distribute the loins.

Thank You events are also being planned in Sioux City and Storm Lake. Events have been held at Waterloo, Marshalltown, and Denison.






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