Ohio hog farmers fight hunger

The Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC), along with several partners, celebrated October being National Pork Month through the power of giving. On Nov. 1, five Ohio foodbanks (Dayton, Cleveland, Lorain, Yougstown and Columbus), each received part of a 30,000 pound donation of pork from Ohio’s hog farming community. This donation was made possible through a generous donation to OPPC from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Ohio hog farmers and businesses who support Ohio’s farming community.

As part of this latest donation, OPPC utilized Facebook to get consumers more involved and aware of the efforts being taken to feed hungry Ohioans. “Help Farmers Fight Hunger Virtually” is a Facebook “event” that allowed people to “contribute” to the cause by “attending the “event”. For each person that “attended”, the Ohio Pork Producers Council & Farm Credit Services of Mid-America donated pork (up to 125,000 meals) to the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks. The “event” ran through October 31st, and had nearly 3,500 “attendees”.

Speaking to the donation from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Jennifer Keller, OPPC director of marketing and education said, “We really appreciate Farm Credit and our other industry partners who have supported our efforts. With these funds, we have been able to buy hogs from Ohio farmers, doing business with Ohio processors and donate the pork to the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks and five of its member foodbanks; helping all levels of Ohio’s economy.”

Currently, Ohio farmers have already donated 90,000 pounds, or 450,000 meals, of pork since 2009.

To learn more about the Ohio Pork Producers Council visit www.ohiopork.org or call 800/320-7991.

To learn more about the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks visit www.oashf.org or call 614.221.4336.

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