Here’s a look at recent announcements from the Pork Association.
Give-a-Ham Challenge results in 400 hams for Indiana Pork’s Gleaners Food Bank
Indiana Pork is participating in the National Pork Producers Council’s Give-a-Ham Challenge, a national social media campaign encouraging pig farmers and others in the pork industry to donate pork to help food insecurity.
Indiana Pork proudly donated nearly 400 large hams, delivered the hams to the Gleaners Food Bank, and were immediately distributed to their mobile pantry.
“With so many Americans still grappling with the effects of COVID and financial challenges, this year’s ‘Give-A-Ham’ challenge takes on special meaning,” said Brian Martin, President of the Board of Directors of Indiana Pork, in a press release, “Giving back to our communities is a core value of hog farmers across the country. It is gratifying to come together as an industry at this time of year to help those in need.”
More fundraising stories can be followed on social media at #GiveAHam and #Poundsofham.
Pig farmers take care of local community with £40,000 donation
Minnesota and Indiana hog farmers, through their respective state organizations, the National Pork Board, and Farmland, a Smithfield Foods brand, are partnering with country music superstar Luke Bryan on this fall’s Farm Tour for more than 160,000 servings of protein to donate to Second Harvest Heartland. The donation will help fill the protein gap that food banks often face and help feed food insecurity across the region, the association said in a press release. With Farm Tour stops in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota, Second Harvest Heartland is one of six organizations that receive donations to help communities in need. The donation across six locations will total an estimated 210,000 pounds of pork, providing more than 1 million servings of protein to those in need.
Iowa hog farmers address food insecurity
For the past five years, Iowa hog farmers and the pork industry have joined pork producers across the country in a “Give-A-Ham” challenge that typically begins around Thanksgiving and lasts through Christmas. In that time, the challenge has reached 6.3 million people across the United States, with more than 36 million pounds of ham and other pork products donated to food banks, pantries, churches and other food programs.
Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) President Kevin Rasmussen of Goldfield called for donations from others when he started the Iowa portion of this national fundraiser. Rasmussen and his wife Lisa donated 10 4 pounds. ham to Upper Des Moines Opportunity, a local food bank in Humboldt, IPPA said in a news release. Upper Des Moines Opportunity is a network that provides grocery supplies and other services to people in a 12-county area of north-central and northwest Iowa.
NPPC Announces New Director of Industrial Resource Development
The National Pork Producers Council oversees the retention and recruitment of Pork Alliance members, serves as a member of the World Pork Expo team, assists in raising Pork PAC funding, and generates sponsorship revenue through business development. The National Pork Producers Council Announces Julie Schwalbe as New Director of Industrial Resource Development.
Schwalbe brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience from previous positions at CEVA Animal Health and Zoetis and will begin her tenure at NPPC on November 21st.