INDIANAPOLIS — Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana received a ground pork donation from Indiana pig farmers just in time for the holidays.
“Indiana Pork was excited to donate over 600 pounds of ground pork, or over 2,400 servings, to Gleaners during one of their daily food pantry shopping days,” said Jeanette Merritt, Director of Communications for Indiana Pork. “There is tremendous need as we enter the holiday season as some Hoosiers struggle to feed their families. Our 3,000 pig farmers believe it’s truly our responsibility to help feed our neighbors whenever we can.”
Barbara Himsel, a Hendricks County pork producer and Co-Alliance contract grower, helped pass out the ground pork to Gleaners guests. “I wanted to help share the ground pork because it’s what farmers should be doing,” said Himsel. “It’s important we give back to our communities and help wherever we can to make sure our neighbors have access to safe, nutritious pork for their families.”
“Co-Alliance is proud to work with our dedicated group of contract grower partners,” said Nathan Hedden, Director of Western Operations for Co-Alliance Swine Division. “Like the Himsels, our network of family farmers share our passion and mission to give back to the communities we live in.”
The Gleaners Food Bank donation is part Indiana Pork’s year-round effort to support Indiana food banks and charitable organizations. A portion of Indiana Pork’s other donations include Wheeler Mission, the Ronald McDonald House, and food pantries in Cass and Wabash county.
Indiana Pork is a not-for-profit association representing Indiana’s nearly 3,000 family pork farmers through the pork checkoff program. Learn more at www.indianapork.org.