NEW ALBANY, Ohio — As members of the Ohio Pork Council (OPC), Ohio pig farmers are pleased to support the West Ohio Food Bank in Lima, Ohio, and their 11-county service area. The protein-packed donation from the Ohio Pork Council provided more than 9,600 wholesome meals to those in need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, just in time for the Easter holiday.
This year, as part of OPC’s annual Pork Power program, Ohio pig farmers donated over 2,400 Sugardale hams to benefit the West Ohio Food Bank, which serves community members in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
“For Ohio’s pig farmers, providing a safe, wholesome food supply is our livelihood – and giving back to community members is at the core of our values,” said Ohio Pork Council President-Elect Ryan McClure, a pig farmer from Paulding County.
During spring 2020, Ohio pig farmers provided over 9,600 meals to western Ohio families through OPC’s annual Pork Power program. Since the program’s inception, more than 1.6 million fresh, wholesome meals have been donated to local foodbanks in Ohio.
“Each year, the Ohio Pork Council strives to make a difference through our Pork Power program, and in light of the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, this year’s contribution is especially important. We are hopeful that amidst these challenges, families in western Ohio can enjoy a nutritious Easter ham and time around the dinner table together,” said McClure.
The West Ohio Food Bank is the largest food distribution system in West Ohio – serving over 72,590 community members in need. The donated hams will be distributed to partner agencies and in food delivery boxes to those who are unable to leave their home.
“West Ohio Food Bank is proud to partner with the Ohio Pork Council and welcomes the opportunity to distribute the donated hams to our hungry neighbors in the communities we serve,” said Linda Hamilton, CEO, West Ohio Food Bank. “With so many new individuals in our food lines, who didn’t think they would ever need food assistance, we are grateful to the Ohio Pork Council for positively impacting so many individuals and families during this difficult and challenging time.”
— Ohio Pork Council
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