Taylor McDonald

Mar 06, 2017  |  Today's News

The Pork Power program, initiated by IL Pork, has been diligent in its support of hungry people in Illinois since 2008. To date, they have provided more than 565,000 pounds of pork amounting to 2.3 million servings through donations. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is a proud sponsor of the initiative and looks forward to supporting this generous and necessary venture.  We believe in the ultimate mission of providing "access to pork (vital meat protein) to our neighbors through Illinois by partnering with Feeding Illinois."

Currently, Pork Power is conducting its Dropping the Puck on Hunger campaign. Here's more information from IL Pork:

Every March, the Illinois Pork Producers Association partner with the Chicago Blackhawks, WGN Radio, Jewel-Osco stores, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank with a “Discover Delicious Pork Goodness” food drive and sweepstakes. Jewel-Osco customers donated non-perishable food items and were entered to win a Blackhawks team autographed hockey stick, two tickets to a Blackhawks game and sat in the WGN media booth during the game! Bobby Hull, legendary Blackhawks player signed autographs at the finale of the sweeps. Illinois Pork Producers Association matched the pounds of food collected with a pork donation to both food banks - total of 22,000 pounds!

All T-shirt Sales at the IL State Fair go directly to Pork Power Each year, for the past five years, a new pork related t-shirt is sold at the Pork Patio, run by the Illinois Pork Producers Association. The shirts have become so popular, anticipation of the slogan has become somewhat of a phenomenon around Illinois. To date, proceeds generated by sales of the t-shirts have reached a whopping $17,500.00, all of which has gone to the Pork Power program to purchase additional pork for the food banks. 

Many more partnerships result in large pork donations in the Chicago area. To learn more, visit www.ilpork.com.