Haul Out Hunger: Upper Des Moines Opportunity- Pocahontas County
“My clients love pork loin and they look forward to this donation every year,” said Sue Hubbell of Upper Des Moines Opportunity (UDMO) Pocahontas County. “Pork loin is a healthy choice, but meat can be costly so it’s usually the first thing to go from someone’s diet when money is tight.”
It seems like just yesterday that our Iowa Select Farms’ semi was rolling through the streets of Pocahontas with a trailer packed full of pork. But this time our mission was slightly different.
“Haul Out Hunger is our annual trip around the state of Iowa to fill the freezers of local food-assistance organizations with pork loins,” said Allyson Ladd of Iowa Select Farms. “This year we’ll be traveling to 102 different locations and donating more than 30 tons of pork for Iowans in need.”
Of those 30+ tons of pork, nearly 900 pounds of them will be staying in Pocahontas County at UDMO and also the Laurens Area Food Pantry.
“We are open every day of the week and provide a variety of services,” explained Sue. “We serve anywhere from 50-60 households a month and offer a food pantry, utility payment support, chore support for the elderly, budget planning and more. Of course all donations are welcomed, but these pork loins are always so special.”
We’ve enjoyed working with Sue and all of the UDMO locations in Northwest Iowa for the past several years and look forward to filling their freezers every summer. We wish her nothing but the best as she retires next week following 19 years with UDMO.
“This just means the world to our clients,” she said. “They appreciate this more than you’ll ever know and it makes me feel good knowing they’re going to be getting quality protein even when I’m no longer here.”