Ohio pork producers set goal to raise $10,000 to feed hungry Ohioans

Since the inception of the Ohio Pork Council's Pork Power Program in 2009, Ohio's pig farmers have provided over 1 million meals to local food banks.

September 3, 2020

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Ohio Pork Council

One in seven Ohioans struggle with hunger, but through the Ohio Pork Council's Pork Power Program, Ohio's pig farmers are making a difference – with a goal to raise $10,000 to feed hungry Ohioans. Earlier this summer, Kalmbach Swine Management of Upper Sandusky, Hord Family Farms of Bucyrus, Heimerl Farms of Johnstown and the Ohio Pork Council of New Albany started a t-shirt campaign with the help of Decal Impressions of Cincinnati. Each t-shirt, which spreads the message that Ohio's pig farmers are essential, provides a meal for a family of four through OPC's Pork Power Program.  

"Through our Pork Power fundraiser, the Ohio Pork Council, along with three Ohio pig farms, are working to provide hungry Ohioans with wholesome food during a particularly challenging time," says Cheryl Day, Ohio Pork Council executive vice president. "Now, more than ever, families are taking advantage of food pantries and food banks, which our Pork Power Program supports through monetary and pork product donations."

OPC, Kalmbach Swine Management, Hord Family Farms and Heimerl Farms have set a goal to raise $10,000 for the campaign, which will be used later this year to supply pork products to local food banks around the state of Ohio. Pork industry businesses also have the option to place a customized order with their logo through Decal Impressions. JH Routh Packing Company of Sandusky, Ohio contributed to the Pork Power fundraiser by ordering customized t-shirts for staff members. 

"We're very pleased with the success of the campaign this summer, but we still need your help to reach our $10,000 goal," says Bill Trythall of Kalmbach Swine Management. "By reaching this milestone, we'll be able to put fresh, wholesome pork on the dinner table for hundreds of families."

Since the inception of the Ohio Pork Council's Pork Power Program in 2009, Ohio's pig farmers have provided over 1 million meals to local food banks in the state. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Ohio food banks have seen an increase of families in-need. 

"Hord Family Farms is pleased to work alongside our farming partners and the Ohio Pork Council to raise funds for hungry Ohioans. During this challenging season, we hope to make a difference right here in our state," says Janel Hord of Hord Family Farms. 

Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented for pig farmers across the country, Ohio's pig farmers have remained dedicated to the We Care Ethical Principles – a set of standards that U.S. pig farmers uphold by producing safe food; promoting animal well-being; safeguarding natural resources; protecting public health; and contributing to their community. 

"Despite the odds that pig farmers have faced in 2020, we remain committed to the We Care Ethical Principles, including our role to contribute to the local community. Ohio's pig farmers don't take hunger lightly, which is why we support the Ohio Pork Council's Pork Power fundraiser," says Jim Heimerl of Heimerl Farms. 

To support the Ohio Pork Industry Essential T-Shirt campaign and provide a meal for a family in-need, or to learn more about custom orders, visit the Ohio Pork Council site to learn more about the Ohio-produced t-shirts. Youth and adult sizes are available.  

Source: Ohio Pork Council, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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