Illinois food pantries were the big winner in the “Pork Power” program conducted by the Illinois Pork Producers Association. The program has brought donations of 102,562 pounds of protein to needy Illinois families.

The program, sponsored by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Association, the Illinois Association of Meat Processors and the Central Illinois Food Bank, sought to provide 100,000 pounds of protein to needy families within the state. The final donation that pushed "Pork Power" beyond their goal, was a donation of 25,050 pounds of bacon from Farmland.

"This was an excellent program created by the Illinois Pork Producers Association to help feed the hungry in Illinois. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board was excited to join with the other associations for this effort. We believe that this is a perfect example of the good that can come when we all work together," said Donna Jeschke, ICMB chairperson.

The sponsors have expressed their gratitude to the Illinois Pork Producers Association for their efforts coordinating the program and the donation of several thousand pounds of pork from their membership as well as to Farmland for their very generous donation.