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Iowa Pig Farmers Donate $43,000 of Pork to Local Food Banks

Iowa Pig Farmers Donate $43,000 of Pork to Local Food Banks

By Andi Anderson

Iowa pig farmers have stepped up to combat food insecurity. Through the “Pork in the Pantry” program, organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), they’ve donated over $43,000 worth of pork to local food pantries.

Now in its second year, the Pork in the Pantry initiative allocated up to $1,000 to each of the 38 county pork producer organizations that participated. These county groups took charge of purchasing the pork and distributing it to those in need, with IPPA reimbursing their efforts.

“Food insecurity remains a major issue in Iowa,” emphasized IPPA President Matt Gent. “Pork producers deeply care about their communities, and this program exemplifies our commitment.”

Food pantries often struggle to meet the demand for meat products, and these generous pork donations will provide an estimated 55,000 servings of protein to Iowans facing hunger.

“Hunger is on the rise in Iowa,” stated Linda Gorkow, executive director of the Iowa Food Bank Association. “Pork in the Pantry offers a vital opportunity to ensure much-needed protein reaches families, individuals, and seniors who lack sufficient food.”

Protein consistently ranks among the most requested items at food banks and pantries across the state. Every ounce of donated pork makes a significant impact.

In a commendable move, many county groups chose to source the pork from local businesses, keeping those dollars circulating within their own communities.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for pork producers to address needs throughout the state,” said Gregg Hora, president of the Webster County Pork Producers. His group participated in Pork in the Pantry for the second time, donating to five different organizations in the county, including Fort Dodge and Gowrie.

The nutritional aspect is crucial. As food costs rise, providing high-quality protein remains essential. Pork, still reasonably priced in stores, fills this gap for families and children who deserve nourishing meals.

Last year’s Pork in the Pantry effort resulted in over $40,000 worth of pork donations to local food pantries.

The county pork producer organizations that participated in Pork in the Pantry in 2024 include:

  • Adair
  • Clayton
  • O’Brien
  • Adams
  • Delaware
  • Page
  • Allamakee
  • Greene
  • Palo Alto
  • Benton
  • Grundy
  • Plymouth
  • Black Hawk
  • Hamilton
  • Pocahontas
  • Boone
  • Hardin
  • Ringgold
  • Bremer
  • Henry
  • Sac
  • Buchanan
  • Ida
  • Sioux
  • Buena Vista
  • Jefferson
  • Story
  • Calhoun
  • Jones
  • Taylor
  • Cherokee
  • Kossuth
  • Washington
  • Chickasaw
  • Madison
  • Webster
  • Clay
  • Marshall

These farmers’ compassionate efforts demonstrate the power of community solidarity in addressing hunger and ensuring no one goes without a nutritious meal.

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