Illinois pork producers donate over 96,000 pounds of protein in 2018

Since its inception in 2008, Pork Power has generated over 721,000 pounds of pork -- enough for 2.4 million meals for families throughout Illinois.


Source: Illinois Pork Producers Association

via National Hog Farmer - Feb 05, 2019


2018 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign. A movement led by the Illinois Pork Producers Association and supported by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program. The program was created as a way for pig farmers to give back to their local communities. Throughout the year, IPPA aids farmers by covering the cost of processing, when hogs are donated. Towards the end of the year, IPPA converts all remaining funds into pork and the pounds are distributed between the nine regional foodbanks in Illinois.


“As farmers, we want to feed our communities, including those in need,” says Austin Rincker, a farmer and chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association Marketing Committee, from Moweaqua. “Pork Power offers a practical opportunity for soybean producers to do just that. As a livestock feed ingredient, soybean meal provides critical protein, and pork production uses nearly 79% of soybean meal fed in Illinois.”


At the 2018 Illinois Pork Expo, Mike Hoffman, director of Operations at Midwest Food Bank, spoke to pig farmers about the importance of their protein donations to hungry Illinois residents. He went on to challenge pig farmers to reach a donation goal of 80,000 pounds. Pig farmers answered the call and provided over 96,000 pounds of protein in 2018...