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From Farm to Table, Ohio Pork Farmers Donate to Those in Need

April 21, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Just in time for the Easter season, pork producers in Ohio are making one of the largest one-time donations of pork to help struggling families put food on the table.

The Ohio Pork Producers Council is giving more than 12,000 pounds of pork to the state's emergency hunger network. Charles Barber, communications manager for the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, says this is one of the largest donations of pork his group has received and will provide nearly 60,000 servings of food to those in need.

"The pork that we're receiving through this donation is actually some of the most wholesome, highly nutritious and high-protein-valued donations that we receive."

While the donation comes in time for Easter, Barber says, it also comes at a time when lines have grown longer at Ohio's food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. According to the Food Research and Action Center, 20 percent of Ohioans had a tough time buying enough food at least once in the last year.

Crawford County farmer Pat Hord, among those participating in this donation, says being in agriculture means doing your part to help feed the world - and the best way to do that is to help your neighbor.

"We really lined up with our values of wanting to reach out to our own communities here locally and do what we can in order to help feed families that are struggling."

The Ohio Pork Producers Council represents more than 2,500 pork producers from throughout Ohio.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH