Charles City, Iowa – Northeast Iowa food pantries have been filled to the brim with fresh pork loins thanks to a yearly program from Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hanson Foundation.
Spokeswoman Allyson Ladd says ‘Haul Out Hunger’ is a two week program where they stuff freezers across the state.
They visited 120 pantries and dished out 240,000 servings statewide.
Ladd says they added 18 places this year and visited 23 pantries in the North Iowa News listening area. This includes dropping off 20 cases or 240 pork loins in Charles City.
The program has doubled in the last five years, according to Ladd.
She credits the growth to pride from what they produce.
Community ties from workers and supporters allow the program to expand each year.
Iowa Select Farms and the foundation also provide the Power Snack Program and Operation Christmas Meal for students during the school year.