IPPA: Pork Power exceeds goal
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA)
announced today that "Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois" has
donated 102,562 pound of pork to eight Illinois food banks-exceeding the initial
programme goal of 100,000 pounds.
The announcement came during a brunch held this
morning at the Central Illinois Food Bank (CIFB) to commemorate the Pork Power
Today's economic conditions
Director Tom Jennings spoke to the brunch attendees and noted how important this
programme is during today's economic conditions. "Whether it's a neighbour who's
hurt and can't tend to his fields or someone who's down on his luck and can't
feed his family, Illinois farmers always have been willing to lend a helping
hand. I'm proud of everyone involved in this initiative. As we all know, these
are difficult times. More people will likely turn to food banks for assistance
and generous donations like this will be needed to meet their
Pork Power was launched May 19, 2008 as a partnership with the
Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), the
Illinois Association of Meat Processors (IAMP) and CIFB to provide much needed
protein to Illinois residents utilising food assistance programmes. Pork
producers across the state donated hogs for the initiative, and funding from
partners covered the reduced fees for meat processing.
tell us that a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes lean protein is
important for managing weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure," says Phil
Borgic, a pork producer from Nokomis and current IPPA President.
Dedicated pork producers
"It is important that
Illinois families have access to the nutrients they need not just during the
holiday season, but throughout the year as well. Illinois pork producers are
dedicated to producing safe, wholesome and affordable food and are proud to work
with the sponsoring organisations to make Pork Power a valuable programme for
the food banks and our neighbours in need throughout the state."
coordinated delivery and distribution of the donated pork among eight Illinois
food banks associated with America's Second Harvest - the Nation's largest
charitable hunger-relief organization. Second Harvest food banks provide
emergency food assistance to 900,000 residents across
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