On Sept. 16, America’s pork producers served a special end-of-summer barbecue for the wounded veterans hospitalized at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“We’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time, and now we’re making it happen,” says Mike Walser, the National Pork Board retail marketing manager for the southeastern division. “We arranged to serve free pork chop sandwiches for 1,500 to 2,000 veterans, their families and the hospital staff.” Tyson Foods supplied the pork that 20 producers prepared. In addition, major corporations including PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Farmland, Arm & Hammer and Quaker Oats volunteered to provide food and supplies so the pork producers could offer a complete lunch for the veterans and their families.

“We’re proud to serve military families, not only by offering them more value for their food dollar, but by providing this free pork lunch to America’s wounded veterans,” Walser says.