As part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association, along with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Illinois Soybean Association today announced a donation of more than 14,000 pounds of ground pork to the Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington.

This donation will support the on-going efforts of Gridley Meats and several pork producers who have been donating pigs throughout the year. The donated pigs are processed by Gridley Meats, which delivers approximately 3,000 pounds of donated pork to the Midwest Food Bank each month. This donated pork is then distributed to needy families throughout Central Illinois.

In 2008, IPPA launched Pork Power with the goal of helping fight hunger in Illinois. During the three years, Pork Power has generated more than 200,000 pounds of pork - enough for more than 800,000 meals - for families throughout Illinois.

“Pork producers are committed to helping their neighbors throughout the state who are having difficulty feeding their families,” said Mike Haag, a pork producer from Emington and current President-Elect of the IL Pork Producers Association (www.ilpork.com). “It is important that Illinois families have access to protein not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year as well.

Illinois pork producers are dedicated to producing safe, wholesome and affordable food and are proud to work with the partnering organizations to support the Midwest Food Bank and Gridley Meats' pork donation program.”

Each day, food banks provide access to healthy and nutritious food in an effort to keep families across Illinois from going to bed hungry. USDA recommends meat protein as part of a well-balanced and nutritious diet, yet it is often difficult for food banks to maintain an adequate supply. The Pork Power partners are committed to making meat protein available to those most in need. This donation will provide more than 57,000 servings of protein to people served by the Midwest Food Bank.

Source: Illinois Pork Producers Association