Sport a Bacon T-shirt to Help Fight Hunger in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, ILL – The bacon t-shirts are back at the Pork Patio this year! Fairgoers are encouraged to join the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) to help fight hunger throughout Illinois. With a $10 donation, fairgoers will receive an “I can dream, can’t I” t-shirt. It features a pig with the retail cuts marked out, but each cut says “bacon” instead. Pork Patio workers will be wearing the black shirts to help encourage donations.
IPPA launched Pork Power in 2008. Pig farmers, along with corn and soybean farmers, donate ground pork to local food banks in Illinois. Farmers can donate a live hog or proceeds from the sale of hogs to participating meat processors. The donated pork is then distributed to food banks. To date, Pork Power has generated nearly 570,000 pounds of pork for families throughout Illinois. That’s nearly 2.9 million servings of protein to those in need.
Jim Raben, a corn farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and current chairman for the IL Corn Marketing Board (www.ilcorn.org) agrees that the partnership is the right thing to do at the right time. “This type of project is a winning situation for everyone involved, not just the Corn Marketing Board or pork producers, but most importantly, our neighbors throughout Illinois will receive protein which is vital to everyone's nutritional needs.”
In addition to donating, fairgoers can enjoy some of the delicious pork products for purchase at the Pork Patio. The menu features classics, such as; Chop-on-a-Stick, DaBurger, loaded pork-tato, pork burgers, pork chops, and pulled pork BBQ, and new this year, a marinated pork kabob weaved in bacon: The Pork Twister!
The Pork Patio is located in the Illinois Commodities Pavilion across from the Grandstand at the corner of Grandstand Avenue and Avenue of Flags. It will be open daily during the fair on August 10-20 from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm and on preview night, Thursday August 10 from 5:00 -8:30 pm.
IPPA partners with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program and Illinois Association of Meat Processors for Pork Power. Pork, corn, and soybean farmers have donated funds from their respective checkoff programs to reimburse participating meat processors.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 2,000 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the state’s economy. IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board.