Haul Out Hunger: New Opportunities - Calhoun County

posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018

“We provide a variety of resources for the community including energy assistance, a clothes closet and of course, a food pantry,” said Heidi Billmeier of New Opportunities in Calhoun County. “We rely on donations from the community and are always so grateful for the support. This donation of pork loins is huge for us.”

Located not too far from the main square in Rockwell City, New Opportunities in Calhoun County serves approximately 250-400 families. Their ultimate goal is to “change peoples' lives” through responsive, supportive, progressive and proactive hands-on case management and support services.

“We’ve never received a large donation of meat like this before,” explained Heidi. “But with the rising cost of groceries, anything helps. Protein-packed products like pork loin and other meat are typically the most expensive, not just for our clients, but for us too. So this donation is definitely extremely helpful for us.”

And speaking of helpful – our Haul Out Hunger crew couldn’t have been more grateful for Heidi and the volunteers at New Opportunities that helped us unload 25 cases of pork loins. Each case contained 12, boneless pork loins that will provide 24-servings of rich, nutrient dense pork. 20 of those cases went to New Opportunities and five cases of pork loins will support the South Central Calhoun School District Food Pantry.

“With school out for summer and limited access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs, children suffer,” said Allyson Ladd of Iowa Select Farms. “Our goal is fill as many freezers as possible across the state with pork loins so that no child or family has to wonder where their next meal is going to come from.”

A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, Haul Out Hunger delivers more than 30 tons of pork to Iowa families in need over the course of 6 days.

“We started on June 18 and are wrapping up deliveries on July 2,” explained Allyson. “We’re proud of our product, which is why every single pork loin being donated is our own. All 60,000 pounds were raised right here in Iowa, many probably in Calhoun County.”

In total, communities in Calhoun County received more than 20,000 pounds of pork during Haul Out Hunger.