2013 Pork Power Program - Feeding the Hungry in Illinois
Pork Power Partnership providing more than 1.25 million meals and counting
The Pork Power program continues to be a very successful program. Thanks to the donation of many pork producers and support of various partners, Pork Power has provided more than 316,000 pounds of pork amounting to more than 1.25 million servings of donated pork to hungry Illinois residents since the program began 2008. Do your part to help fight hunger in Illinois.
Details for 2013 Pork Power Program
- Partners – IPPA; IL Association of Meat Processors; IL Corn Marketing Board; & IL Soybean Association
- Program will begin Mayl 1st and end on July 31st.
- Eligible hogs include lightweight market hogs (minimum of 160 lbs.), market weight hogs and sows. No boars will be accepted into the program. All hogs must be able to walk and in good health. Hogs with abscesses will NOT be accepted. Hogs with ruptures are acceptable unless they are causing a reason to make the hog unable to pass ante-mortem inspection. Plants have the right to refuse hogs in poor health.
- Participating processors have set aside a specific date to process Pork Power hogs. Pork producers are encouraged to work together to coordinate efforts locally. Hogs can also be donated at other times by contacting the processors directly.
- Producers receive a record of the donation for tax purposes from the local processor.
- The donated hogs will be processed into 2 lb. ground pork packages and then sent to the local regional food bank. There are 8 food banks in Illinois associated with Feeding Illinois.
Numerous public relations efforts are planned for this program in helping generate positive media coverage for pork producers.
Producers have 2 ways to participate:
- Donate pigs/sows directly to participating processors
- Donate the cash value of any pigs/sows sold at marketing locations – Money will be sent to IPPA and used to purchase pork
Cash donations also accepted for Pork Power
Cash donations are being accepted from anyone interested in helping fight hunger in Illinois. Checks can be made payable to “IL Pork Producers Association” or “IPPA” and sent to the IPPA office with a note on the check marked “Pork Power”.
Funds will be collected and added to allocated funds of the Pork Power partners and then used to purchase pork. This pork will be distributed evenly among the 8 regional food banks in IL during the Fall of 2013.
Pork Power Resources
CLICK HERE for a list of participating Pork Power Processors