Illinois Pork Donates Over 1,500 Boxes of Bacon in Pass the Bacon Campaign

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In an effort to get valuable protein further into our local Illinois communities, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) again hosted a “Pass the Bacon” campaign this past week in honor of October Pork Month.

To kick-off the month of celebration related to the pork industry, IPPA recruited nominations in two ways to find local food pantry establishments in need of protein. In the first wave, 25 winners were randomly selected from a social media post on the IPPA Facebook page where it asked followers to comment with their local food pantry. The recipients are as follows:

Ball Chatham Food Pantry, Chatham

Cass County Food Pantry, Virginia

Clifton Community Food Pantry, Clifton

Colona Township Food Pantry, Colona

Community Action food Pantry, Lincoln

COPE Food Pantry, Metropolis

Edinburg Food Pantry, Edinburg

Freeburg Food Pantry, Freeburg

Green Bean Food Pantry, Trenton

Hands of Christ Food Pantry, Paxton

Highland Area Christian Service Ministry, Highland

Home Sweet Home Ministries, Bloomington

Jacksonville Area Community Food Center, Jacksonville

Kewanee Food Pantry, Kewanee

Koinonia Food Pantry, Lacon

Marengo Food Pantry, Marengo

Marion Ministerial Alliance, Marion

MAS Food Pantry, Flanagan

Neighborhood Care Center, Clinton

New Hope Christian Church Food Pantry, Bridgeport

St. Francis Food Pantry, Quincy

St. Francis Food Pantry, Quincy

Taylorville Food Pantry, Taylorville

The Hope Chest, Pekin

Washington WHIP Food Pantry, Washington

WUMC Loves and Fish Food Pantry, Saybrook

In the second wave, IPPA gave Illinois legislators an opportunity to nominate their local pantry as well. The following 36 winners are also receiving a bacon donation:

A Just Harvest, nominated by: Rep. Kelly Cassidy

Chester Area Christian Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. David Friess

Club Apaseo El Alto, nominated by: Rep. Rita Mayfield

Common Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Ann Williams

Crisis Food Center, nominated by: Rep. Amy Elik

Cuba Township Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Martin McLaughlin

Downers Grove Food Pantry, nominated by: Senator John Curran

Edward G. Irvin Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Lamont Robinson

Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Deanne Mazzochi

Empower Boone Food Pantry, nominated by: Senator Dave Syverson

FISH of Galesburg, nominated by: Rep. Dan Swanson

Gibson Area Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Thomas Bennett

Glen-Ed Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Katie Stuart

Holy Family Logan Catholic Food Pantry, nominated by: Senator Sally Turner

Hope Collective Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Chris Bos

Irvington Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Charlie Meier

Kankakee County Community Services, nominated by: Rep. Jackie Haas

Kendall County Community Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Keith Wheeler

Lazarus House, nominated by: Rep. Dan Ugaste

Loaves and Fishes Aurora, nominated by: Senator Laura Ellman

Loaves and Fishes Naperville, nominated by: Senator Linda Holmes

Lombard-Villa Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Terra Costa Howard

Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake, nominated by: Rep. Steven Reick

Niles Township Food Pantry, nominated by: Senator Ram Villivalam

Northern Illinois Food Bank, nominated by: Senator Larry Walsh

Northfield Township Food Pantry, nominated by: Senator Laura Fine

Northside Solidarity Network, nominated by: Rep. Will Guzzardi

Pekin Outreach, nominated by: Rep. Mark Luft

Pilsen Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Theresa Mah

Roselle UMC Community Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Michelle Mussman

Savana Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Tony McCombie

St. Andrew Lutheran Church, nominated by: Rep. Maura Hirschauer

Sycamore Food Pantry – Sycamore United Methodist Church, nominated by: Rep. Jeff Keicher

The M.O.R.E Center, nominated by: Senator Craig Wilcox

Vernon Township Food Pantry, nominated by: Rep. Daniel Didech

West Deerfield Township Food Pantry, nominated by: Senator Julie Morrison

In a thank you message from State Representative Terra Costa Howard, thanking IPPA for gifting the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry with bacon, she shared that their service area has had a significant increase of clients and yet the donations have not been able to keep pace with the need. “We appreciate the donation and know it will be put to good use,” says Costa Howard.

October is known as “Pork Month” because it marked the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Now, in 2021, farmers are shipping market-ready hogs to processing at all times of the year. We use October as a time to continue celebrating our pork producers and the delicious protein they raise.