State Rep. Swanson helps bring home the bacon for food pantries during Pork Month


 by: Jonathan Turner, WHBF-TV/KGCW-TV/KJLB-TV (IL)  

Oct 12, 2021


Illinois State Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) knows how important it is to bring home the bacon.


He is lauding efforts by the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) in donating over 1,500 boxes of bacon to Illinois food pantries — through their “Pass the Bacon” campaign — this past week in honor of October Pork Month.  


To kick off the month of celebration related to the pork industry, IPPA recruited nominations in two ways to find local food pantry establishments in need of protein. In the first wave, 25 winners were randomly selected from a social media post on the IPPA Facebook page where it asked followers to comment with their local food pantry.


Regional recipients through that effort included the Colona Township Food Pantry and Kewanee Food Pantry.


In the second wave, IPPA gave Illinois legislators an opportunity to nominate their local pantry as well, which led to three dozen more recipients, including:


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