IL Pork, Corn, Soybean groups donate 6,400 pounds of pork to foodbank

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Pork Producers Association, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, and the Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program are donating 6,400 pounds of ground pork to the Central Illinois Foodbank.

The donation is to mark the 10-year anniversary of Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign.

The donation will go to agencies in 15 counties across central and southern Illinois.

In total, more than 50,000 pounds of ground pork are being given to eight regional food banks in Illinois during November and December.

IPPA launched Pork Power ten years ago with the goal of helping fight hunger in Illinois. It provides a system for farmers to donate pork to food banks throughout Illinois.

"As farmers, we want to feed our communities, including those in need," says Carrie Winkelmann, a farmer and Illinois Soybean Association board member from Tallula. "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 percent of soybean meal fed in Illinois."

Since 2008, Pork Power has generated over 625,000 pounds of pork, enough for nearly 2.4 million meals.

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