The board of directors of the North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) has donated $10,000 to support a direct feeding effort being made for Hurricane Sandy victims.

An event trailer owned by the national Pork Checkoff organization was positioned in Brick, N.J. on November 9 to assist in feeding victims of Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record to hit the northeast coast of the United States.

Deborah Johnson, chief executive officer of the NCPC, commented, “We are especially pleased that the North Carolina contribution, along with monetary support from hog farmers in Iowa, Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska and North Dakota, is being used to deliver food directly to hungry people in the affected areas.”

In addition, pork producers from Iowa, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota have traveled to New Jersey to offer their volunteer services.

“The event trailer, equipped with grills and cooking supplies, is on the East Coast, and we’ve recruited pork producers who can help on-site,” said Conley Nelson, president of the National Pork Board. “This is just another way pork producers demonstrate that they care for people and their communities,” Nelson added.

Industry partners Smithfield Foods and Johnsonville offered their support through product donations of 2,000 pounds of pork loin (Smithfield) and 110 cases, equating to 8,000 pork patties (Johnsonville).

Contributing to a better quality of life in pork producers’ communities is one of thesix ethical principles of the We CareSMinitiative, a joint effort of the Pork Checkoff, through the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council.

The Pork Checkoff organization oversees a variety of expenditures in support of pork producers around the nation.  To fund the Pork Checkoff, U.S. pork producers and importers pay $0.40 per $100 of value when pigs are sold and when pigs or pork products are brought into the United States.

Although 24 states have been impacted by the storm, the hurricane hit New York and New Jersey especially hard, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines, as well as cutting off electricity to parts of the city and its suburbs.

For anyone wishing to contribute to the Sandy relief effort, here are links to three well-known relief organization websites: