“We are the largest school district in Wright County and more than 50% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch,” explained one of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ school nurses and at-risk specialist, Erin Halverson. “For many of our students, the only decent meal they get during the day is at school so the summer months are especially hard for them.”
If you’ve been following along our journey to Haul Out Hunger, you’ll know that food pantries are at an all-time low in the summer due to increased demand and students on break. But thanks to Haul Out Hunger and the summer food program at CGDSD, hundreds students are receiving lunch that they might otherwise go without.
“The 96 pork loins delivered today are actually going to three different locations,” Erin explained. “We’re splitting them up to best serve students in our district this summer.”
A third of the pork loins went to Crossroads, a free activity center that sees increased enrollment in the summer, a third went to City Hall in Dows and will be distributed to kids in-need at the swimming pool and the final batch of pork loins are staying at the school and will be delivered to families.
“When we heard Iowa Select Farms was going to be donating pork loins again myself and the other nurses discussed a plan to get them to families in most need,” explained Erin. “The smile on their face when they receive a loin is incredible. They just can’t believe they’re free. We’re lucky to have a company in the area so committed to giving back.”
During today’s delivery, our Haul Out Hunger crew donated 96 pork loins for the CGDSD that will yield approximately 1,728 servings of pork. In total, we’ll be donating 702 pork loins in Wright County.
“We’re so grateful for these pork loins that are donated every year,” continued Erin. “Not only are they delicious, but they’re packed full of important nutrients that a growing child’s body so desperately needs. These are going to make some delicious summer lunches!”