Reflecting On How Far We Have Come: Haul Out Hunger
It’s the final fundraising week! In five short days our fundraising for the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation comes to an end when we tally up all of the donations and pledges coming in from employees, contractors, truck drivers, suppliers and friends. As we celebrate this time period that builds our program funding for the year, we want to reflect on how far we’ve come, one initiative at a time.
Next month we’ll kick off Haul Out Hunger, one of our flagship program that continues the long-standing efforts of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation to support local food pantries while highlighting and building awareness of food insecurity issues in Iowa. Last year we increased our distribution by 27%, reaching even more families across Iowa.
Throughout the three-week “Haul Out Hunger” program period, Iowa Select Farms employees traveled more than 3,500 miles to deliver 937 cases containing 11,244 fresh pork loins weighing a total of 56,220 pounds (28 tons). The effort restocked refrigerators and freezers in 98 food pantries and community shelves located in 67 Iowa communities.
The boneless pork loins are approximately five pounds each and can feed 24 people a three-ounce serving of pork. The pork loins donated through the 2017 program provided nearly 300,000 servings to Iowa families; nearly 70,000 more than the 2016 donation.
A 16-page booklet to provide families with information about how to properly store, handle and prepare the pork accompanied each loin. The booklet also contains a collection of easy and economical recipes for families to prepare the pork loin into a full meal, and even stretch it into several meals.
We're proud to be farmers, and also be able to give our power-packed protein back to Iowa families.