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Nearly 7,000 Lbs of Pork Donated to CIFB

by 5m Editor
16 October 2008, at 8:28am

ILLINOIS - The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is recognizing two local pork production companies - Cargill from Beardstown and Professional Swine Management from Carthage - for their donation of 50 pigs and sows to the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois initiative. The pigs and sows were processed by Houser Meats in Rushville and yielded nearly 7,000 pounds of ground pork.

This pork is to be sent to the Central Illinois Food Bank (CIFB) and then distributed to food banks in the 22 counties they serve. Central Illinois is one of eight Illinois Second Harvest food banks in Pork Power.

IPPA initiated the Pork Power program in May of this year and partnered with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB), the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and the Illinois Association of Meat Processors (IAMP), reports the Journal-Pilot.

“We are pleased to have the chance to be a part of this important initiative,” said Bill Hollis, a veterinarian with Professional Swine Management in Carthage. “Pork producers are dedicated to supporting the quality rural way of life important to all of us, and through Pork Power we have the opportunity to give a helping hand to our neighbors at a time when food prices continue to strain all of our budgets.”

The pork donation will help the Central Illinois Foodbank provide more than 28,000 servings (based on 4 servings per each pound of pork) of vital meat protein to the citizens it serves.

Participating meat processors have agreed to reduce their processing fees for pork producers donating eligible pigs. The processors are providing two-pound packages of ground pork for distribution. Houser Meats from Rushville processed the pork for this donation.

Pork, corn and soybean producers have donated funds from their respective checkoff programs to reimburse participating meat processors.

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