This is one of the weeks that I feel especially good about the people I work for and my job. This week 93,000 meals of pork is being donated to foodbanks in Cincinnati, Akron, Canton and Lorain.
Today, I feel especially good about my job and the people I work for. This week, more than 93,000 meals of pork are being donated to foodbanks in Cincinnati, Akron, Canton and Lorain, thanks to Ohio farmers and Ag businesses.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to work behind the scenes connecting the farmers, meat processors and other Ohio businesses, like the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, with foodbanks across Ohio to get valuable, protein-packed food to those in need.
Ohio farmers really do care about their communities and the people in them.
Janel Hord and family from Hord Family Farms in Bucyrus, are one of many strong supporters of this program. “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work in an industry where we can feed an ever-growing population,” Hord said, regarding her participation in the Pork Power program. “This donation aligns well with our farm’s vision and mission to take care for people.”
“With eight households involved in our family farm, we understand and appreciate the need for being supportive of our communities,” said Dave Shoup, Ohio family farmer. “We care about what goes into the food system, because our families share in the same blessings, and are proud to provide a safe, wholesome food to all.”
Our contacts at the regional foodbanks have shared how challenging protein is to acquire.
“Proteins, like pork, have always been an important staple in the American diet, but they are also one of the hardest foods to acquire,” said Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “The Foodbank will be able to direct this wholesome, high-protein donation to many local food pantries, hot meal sites and hunger-relief programs in our service area just in time for families gathering around their tables for Easter.”
“Pork is an important staple in the American diet, but it is also one of the hardest food categories to acquire,” said Julie Chase-Morefield, executive director of Second Harvest. “This generous pork donation could not have come at a better time. We are so grateful. ” Chase-Morefield said that the food bank currently directs food to more than 115 local food pantries, soup kitchens and other hunger relief providers in Lorain, Erie, Huron and Crawford counties.
While hunger is certainly something we wish was a non-issue, the reality is that many of our friends and neighbors will need help putting food on the table at some point. I feel proud to be involved with and industry so willing to give back to local communities and play a role in making sure no one goes hungry.