Haul Out Hunger: Iowa Falls

posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Day two and we're well on our way to Haul Out Hunger in North Central Iowa! Our first FIVE stops this morning were just a hop, skip and a jump (okay, maybe a little further than that…) from our main office in Iowa Falls – the most stops we’ve ever done in our hometown! We visited Riverbend Childcare, Ruth Project, Friendship Club, Lions Club and Mid-Iowa Community Action. In total, our crew unloaded 54 cases of loins, which is 15,552 servings of pork for families in Iowa Falls, and surrounding communities.

"The kids love how delicious these loins are," said Jessica Bergquist, one of the dedicated employees at Riverbend Childcare. "We are a nonprofit, so any donation helps but these are extra special since they're so tasty and more importantly, packed full of nutrients for the kids."

As many know, pork is rich in nutrients that are imperative to both the physical and cognitive development of children. A 3-ounce serving of pork is an excellent source of protein, potassium and zinc, just to name a few.

"Most of the children at Riverbend Childcare are pre-school age and rely on the center for breakfast, lunch and two snacks per day," explained Jessica. "We take a lot of pride in making sure that they are well-fed."

After stocking the kitchen at Riverbend Childcare, our team headed up to the Ruth Project, which is housed inside the Open Bible Church.

"We are a full-service pantry," said Maryls Williams. "We serve anywhere from 400-600 families a month and they can put together food bundles according to the size of their household. Meat is so hard to come by these days and it is desperately needed by these families. This just makes us want to scream, "Hallelujah!""

On our third stop in Iowa Falls we met up with Marian Gehrls of the Lions Club. While they didn't necessarily have the freezer space for nearly 200 loins, Jones Appliance once again stepped in to save the day and offered to store the loins for the club. "We so appreciate how accommodating they are to us and also for Iowa Select Farms to make such a generous donation," said Marian. "With this donation, we are going to feed so many families in Hardin County.

Our final stops in Iowa Falls were at MICA and the Friendship Club, where we unloaded 192 pork loins for their clients.

“Most, if not all, of the families we serve are low income,” explained Mary Nelson of the Friendship Club. “Protein is very important in the diets of everyone, but meat is expensive and most of our clients can’t afford to buy it. Everyone looks forward to the visit from the Iowa Select Farms semi-truck because they know it means one thing – fresh pork!”