Webster City Food Pantries
Our team is back at it today ready to stock the freezers of food pantries, banks and shelves with fresh pork loins in an effort to Haul Out Hunger in the rural communities where our employees and contractors work and live. We've loaded our semi with another 10,320 pounds of pork and plan on visiting 15 pantries in north central Iowa.
Our first stop this morning brought us to Upper Des Moines Opportunity (UDMO), an organization that supports communities in Hamilton County withcrisis assistance, affordable housing, budget planning and of course, a well-stocked food pantry.
"We are so excited to have you here today helping out families in need," said Kim Motl, an operations specialist with UDMO. "I don't think people understand how difficult it can be for some to find room in their budget for meat. It's not something that we can all afford. I just wish you could see their faces light up when we hand them a pork loin!"
After unloading 600 pounds of pork at UDMO, we took the semi around the corner to First Baptist Church where they're working to build a food pantry to support the community. "There is a need in Webster City, we're just short on support right now," explained Abby Hook, who serves as not just the pantry coordinator, but also church secretary and janitor. "My brother and I are here today and our family has actually benefitted from these loins in the past. It means a lot for the families that receive them and we know that first-hand."
Our third and final stop in Webster City was a quick visit to see our friends at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. In addition to serving local families, the church also supports small, outlying communities like Blairburg and Williams. "This donation is a godsend," said Karen Hinderks, who volunteers at the pantry every week. "The fact that families can get multiple meals from this one loin is amazing. What makes it more wonderful is that we are able to provide healthy protein to these families and their children which is so important."
Thus far in our journey to Haul Out Hunger we've donated 20,000 pounds of pork to individuals and families in need. We've got another busy week ahead and hope you'll continue to follow along!