On Sept. 16, America’s pork producers will serve a special end-of-summer barbecue for the wounded veterans hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The National Pork Board and the pork checkoff has worked with the U.S. Defense Commissary Agency for nearly five years.
“We’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time, and now we’re making it happen,” says Mike Walser, NPB’s retail marketing manager for the southeastern division. “We’ve arranged to serve free pork chop sandwiches for 1,500 to 2,000 veterans, their families and the hospital staff.”
Tyson Foods is supplying the pork that 20 producers will prepare at the Walter Reed Medical Center. In addition, major corporations including PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Farmland, ARM & HAMMER and Quaker Oats have volunteered to provide food and supplies so the pork producers can offer a complete lunch for the veterans and their families. To add to the fun, an Elvis impersonator and The Elder Young Band will entertain the crowd during the meal.