As part of the "Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois" campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, presented Central Illinois Foodbank with 5,500 pounds of ground pork this week.
"Our partnership with the Pork Power program is becoming even more important as the Foodbank continues to grow its vision of providing healthy food for all," says Ashley Earnest, public relations manager for Central Illinois Foodbank. "This donation of ground pork will help provide over 30,000 servings of protein to children and their families across central and southern Illinois."
Since its inception in 2008, Pork Power has generated over 721,000 pounds of pork - enough for nearly 3.8 million meals - for families throughout Illinois. Farmers and partnering commodity groups give pork and monetary donations all year round. At the end of each giving season IPPA turns the remaining funds into ground pork and divides it among the regional foodbanks in the state.
"It is a rewarding feeling knowing that we are supplying communities with vital protein that may be hard to come by this time of year," says Matt Frizzo, an Illinois Pork Producer Association board member from Gillespie. "Ranging from southern to central Illinois, Pork Power allows us to give back in big ways. Totaling 53,000 pounds in the months of November and December alone."