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|Two Tons Of Meat Headed To Food Pantries
|POSTED: 4:30pm 8/7/09 Due to the recent economic conditions, food banks across the area have been stretched to their limits, but thanks to a donation by several Knox County Pork Producers and businesses, the food banks will be receiving two tons of ground pork in order for distribution.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends meat protein as part of a nutritious and healthy diet but because it's in limited supply, it's often difficult for food banks to provide adequate access to protein. The pork donation will help the River Bend Foodbank provide more than 16,000 servings of vital meat protein to the citizens it serves.
Marketing Director of the River Bend Food Bank Caren Laughlin tells WGIL donations like this don't come about every day.
"It is practically impossible for food banks to get high-quality nutritious food like this without groups like the pork producers stepping up and donating it. It's a very hard product for us to get. But, at the same time, it's very important food for us to be able to distribute because of the children and families that we serve need protein."
River Bend Food Bank in Moline distributes approximately 5-million pounds of food annually.
Participating meat processors have agreed to reduce their processing fees for pork producers donating eligible pigs as they distribute the two-pound packages of ground pork. Pork, corn and soybean producers have donated funds from their programs to reimburse meat processors.
Thrushwood Farms Quality Meats in Galesburg processed the pork for this specific donation.
(An employee of Thrushwood Quality Meats Inc. and owner of Thrushwood Jim Hankes, prepare the pork donation to be placed on a truck Friday.)
(Volunteers load the 4,000 pounds of ground pork onto a truck that will deliver the meats to the River Bend Food Bank in Moline.)
(Members from groups such as Galesburg Rescue Mission, FISH, the Knox County Pork Producers, and Thrushwood Farms Quality Meats stand next to just some of the meat that was donated by the Knox County Pork Producers.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
|08 07 09 by Newsroom
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