Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms Show Gratitude to Our Armed Forces

posted on Friday, April 10, 2020

The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms strongly believe in showing gratitude and providing support to those who serve in our country’s Armed Forces. As pork producers, we know the power good food has in bringing families together, especially during this unsettling time our entire nation is experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joint Forces

These past few months, we've delivered 12,000 Pork Care Packages to family readiness coordinators, who have, in turn, distributed these gifts of gratitude to every member of Iowa military units. Through September of this year, those families have the opportunity to grab $35 worth of pork products at their local grocery store, thanks to Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.

Meat and coupons

“Our troops answer when called upon, whether that be responding to events locally or oversees deployments, and this is just one small way to show them our appreciation,” said Jeff Hansen, president and CEO of Iowa Select Farms and co-founder of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.

Employees of Iowa Select Farms delivered the Pork Care Packages to all units of the Iowa Army National Guard, the 132nd Fighter Wing and 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Navy Reserves, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Iowa State University ROTC students. Pork Care Packages were also delivered to the Iowa National Guard’s Survivor Outreach Services for 600 Iowa families of fallen soldiers.

Armed Forces

“Now, more than ever, a homecooked meal is good for the soul. We hope these coupons will help military families enjoy some precious time together,” said Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms.

The coupons can be redeemed at any local grocery store, regardless of brand or cut. They can be used for a variety of pork products, from ribs and bacon to fresh pork.

Coupon book

“It’s a great opportunity to experiment with a new recipe or cut of pork," said one recipient. "Having the opportunity and encouragement to try something new with the coupons is part of the fun we have as a family.”