On November 30, which is Giving Tuesday, Oklahoma Pork Council’s Give-A-Ham challenge launched with a 10,000-pound pork product donation from Oklahoma Pork Council Board of Directors President Joe Popplewell and his company, Seaboard Foods, to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
“With farms and a pork processing plant in the Oklahoma Panhandle, we have the opportunity to give back to our communities throughout the great state of Oklahoma,” said Peter Brown, Seaboard Foods president and CEO. “We’re honored in joining the Oklahoma Pork Council in the Give-A-Ham campaign for the holiday season by donating our Prairie Fresh pork products to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. We’re hopeful this delicious pork will bring nourishment, comfort and fellowship to those who need it most this holiday season.”
Last year, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in Tulsa distributed more than 32 million pounds of food throughout 24 counties.
Jeff Marlow, chief culinary officer for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, said they understand hunger is a year-round concern, and Oklahoma has so many families facing food insecurity.
“We want to express our sincere thanks to the Oklahoma Pork Council and Seaboard Foods,” Marlow said. “It brings reassurance when we see communities get behind projects like this. No one should go without food any time of year, but especially during the holidays. This campaign couldn’t come at a better time.”
Popplewell said giving back is a cornerstone of what Oklahoma pig farmers do. They find ways to give back to communities with food, time, donations, and more year-round. The holiday season is no different.
“Hunger is a reality one in six Oklahomans face every day,” Popplewell said. “That’s why Seaboard Foods is honored to launch the Oklahoma Pork Council’s 2021 Give-A-Ham challenge in a big way.”
All twelve Oklahoma Pork Council Board of Directors will donate hams to their local communities and keep the generosity going by tapping friends and colleagues to accept the challenge.
In addition to Seaboard Foods’ product donation, Popplewell also challenged Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to participate in the Give-A-Ham challenge, which will continue from today until Dec. 23.
Share your pay it forward story on social media using #GiveAHam and #OklahomaPork, or by visiting okpork.org/giveaham to commit to giving this holiday season.