The Illinois Pork Producers Association has teamed with other state agriculture groups to donate 100,000 pounds of pork to eight state food banks. The program, “Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois,” is an IPPA partnership with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Association the Illinois Association of Meat Processors and the Central Illinois Food Bank.

The CIFB will coordinate delivery and distribution of the donated pork among the eight Second Harvest Food Banks that provide food assistance to 900,000 residents across Illinois. “The Pork Power partnership is absolutely vital to us,” says Kristy Gilmore of the CIFB.

“As grocery prices are increasing, the need for good quality protein at food banks is also increasing,” said Phil Borgic, a pork producer from Nokomis and current IPPA president. “Even though pork producers are struggling, we recognize that other people are struggling too, and this is a way to give back to their community and their neighbors.”

Starting May 19, participating meat processors will begin accepting donated hogs to process into two-pound packages of ground pork for distribution at the food banks. The IAMP members participating in this effort have agreed to reduce their processing fees through August 29 for those pork producers donating eligible hogs. The first pork donation to the CIFB will take place on June 5.

Source: Illinois Pork Producers Association