The public is invited to a “free” pork lunch being provided by the Iowa Pork Producers Association in downtown Des Moines, Iowa., during the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress.

The lunch will be held at Capital Square on Jan. 22 and will be IPPA’s 16th annual Winter Pork Picnic promotion.

Pork producers from central Iowa counties and other volunteers will grill and serve pork products to the general public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chips, pop and ice cream also will be provided.

Free-will donations will be collected from the public during the event to help feed Iowa’s needy.

The promotion is being held during the 42nd Iowa Pork Congress to show appreciation for the Iowans who buy and consume pork regularly in support of the pork industry.

Several companies will partner with IPPA in the promotion.