Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, joined with the National Pork Producers Council, the Ohio Pork Producers Council and Walmart to provide Thanksgiving food baskets of ham, turkey and all the trimmings to needy families in the Cleveland area.
Fudge greeted families and thanked volunteers who participated in the City Mission – a Cleveland charity – effort to distribute the food baskets at the Corinthian Baptist Church in Cleveland.
“NPPC and Ohio pork farmers are honored to work with Congresswoman Fudge to do a small part to help those in need have a great Thanksgiving,” said Dick Isler, executive director of the Ohio Pork Council.
Ohio pork farmers have been involved in the fight against hunger for years, donating just over 1 million meals of nutritious pork to Ohio foodbanks since 2009. This Easter, the Ohio Pork Council, Ohio farmers and other industry partners rose to the occasion, providing 37,554 pounds (187,770 meals) of protein-rich ground pork to several Ohio foodbanks in an effort to make sure that no Ohio family went without a nutritious, hearty meal during the holiday season.
Annually, NPPC’s 43 state pork associations provide hundreds of thousands of pounds of pork to needy people, including victims of tornados in Oklahoma and of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.