As part of the 10th anniversary of Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program presented the Midwest Food Bank with 10,000 pounds of ground pork.
Since its inception in 2008, Pork Power has generated over 625,000 pounds of pork – enough for nearly 2.4 million meals – for families throughout Illinois. Farmers and partnering commodity groups give pork and monetary donations all year round. At the end of each giving season IPPA turns the remaining funds into ground pork and divides it among the regional foodbanks in the state.
“As farmers, we want to feed our communities, including those in need,” says Jenny Mennenga, a farmer and Illinois Soybean Association board member from LeRoy. “Pork Power offers a practical opportunity for soybean producers to do just that. As a livestock feed ingredient, soybean meal provides critical protein, and pork production uses nearly 79 percent of soybean meal fed in Illinois.”
Members of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program and Midwest Foodbank met for a donation at Midwest Food Bank.