Contribution to Food Bank of Iowa Aims to Alleviate Record-High Food Insecurity Across the Heartland and Donation to Iowa FFA Association Supports Future Agricultural Leaders
SMITHFIELD, Va., Oct. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Farmland® recently launched year two of its Honoring the Heartland Tour to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders, show appreciation to hardworking farming communities, and support neighborhoods rooted in the Midwest through protein-rich food donations. Earlier today, the tour stopped in Des Moines to recognize two important Iowa organizations.
Farmland teamed up with the National Pork Board, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and country music superstar Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour to help fight food insecurity across the Heartland in September, contributing over 30,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Iowa. With six Farm Tour stops including a stop in Boone, IowaFarmland and the National Pork Board will donate truckloads of protein to local food banks in Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio, Michiganand Minnesotafor an estimated one million servings of protein.
Food Bank of Iowa continues to serve a record number of children, families, seniors, and veterans, providing food assistance to more than 136,000 individuals and 50,000 households in July – the highest number in the food bank’s 40-year history. With soaring inflation and food costs, fewer retail donations and rising need, sourcing enough lean protein is an urgent and pressing need for food banks. Protein-rich foods are crucial in the fight against hunger and one of the most valuable resources food banks distribute to pantries and meal sites.
To further say thanks to those making an impact locally, Farmland’s food truck provided meals to Food Bank employees and volunteers at the event.
“We’re grateful to the teams at Farmland, National Pork Board, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour for their generous contribution,” said Michele BookFood Bank of Iowa CEO. “Three hundred thousand Iowans face food insecurity and one-third of them are children. This donation will make a meaningful difference as we work to put food on the table for Iowans in need. Our greatest and constant need is meat. This protein-rich donation could not have come at a better time.”
“During the past three years, Iowa’s pig farmers – both as individuals and collectively through the Iowa Pork Producers Association – have donated a million pork servings to the people of Iowa,” said Trish Cook, Iowa pig farmer and president-elect for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “We’re excited that with the support of Farmland and Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour, another 130,000 pork servings will be distributed through the Food Bank of Iowa to those who are food insecure. Iowa’s pig farmers focus on producing safe and nutritious protein, and making sure our fellow Iowans have access to that protein is just one way that we show our care for our local communities.”
Throughout the state of Iowa5,418 pig farmers pride themselves in nourishing families and communities by raising nutritious food, providing 147,105 jobs, and contributing $40.8 billion in economic value to the state.
“The aftermath of inflation is profoundly present in households across the Midwest as many families struggle to balance rising food costs with the other demands of life,” said Jonathan Tomssenior community affairs manager for Smithfield Foods. “Farmland is honored to provide the food bank with much-needed protein during this difficult time and support their tireless efforts to combat food insecurity in America’s heartland.”
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