Members of the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard lined up at the Des Moines Air Base on Sunday, Feb. 10, to receive 750 free smoked hams donated by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation/Iowa Select Farms.   

Members of the Iowa Air National Guard joined Iowa Select Farms staffers in handing out the 10-pound hams, which have a combined value of $15,000.

“Supporting military families in Iowa is a core mission of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation,” says Jeff Hansen, president and CEO of Iowa Select Farms. “The gift of hams is our way of saying thank you to those on active duty and also to those who dedicate their time to civilian duty and the Reserves.”

Tech. Sgt. Shane Olson, who serves with the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, says: “I’m very grateful we have companies like this in Iowa providing free hams for us. It says a lot about who we are and where we’re from.”

The Iowa Select Farms staffers were at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Waterloo earlier that day to distribute 115 hams to other units.

The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms also support other programs for Iowa members of the military and their families. Iowa Select Farms, based in Iowa Falls, is the largest pork producer in Iowa. The company has been producing high-quality pork for 20 years and is committed to meeting or exceeding all requirements in efforts to protect the environment and ensure proper care and well-being of swine.