Pork Producers Spread Holiday Cheer
Texas ranks among the top sates for food insecurity with more than 17 percent of Texas households considered food insecure – a rate that significantly higher than the national average. America’s pork producers are doing their part to spread the holiday cheer this holiday season with a 3,500 pound pork donation to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) in Dallas.
“It is our way of giving back,” said David Kempen, a Texas pork producer who was on-hand for the donation. “We are glad that we could come through with a donation during this time of year when protein is in high demand at food banks.”
According to a state report, three million Texans, or one in eight, including 1.2 million children were forced to visit a soup kitchen or food pantry to feed themselves in 2009.
“We really appreciate the support from America’s pork producers,” said Kristin Bowman, spokeswoman for NTFB. “Protein is one of the most sought after donations. This donation comes at a perfect time, just in time for the holidays.”
As part of the National Pork Board’s We Care initiative, pork producers follow a set of ethical principles, including:
- Produce safe food
- Protect and promote animal well-being
- Ensure practices to protect public health
- Safeguard natural resources in all of our practices
- Provide a work environment that is safe and consistent with our other ethical principles
- Contribute to a better quality of life in our communities
To learn more about the We Care initiative click here.