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Pig farmers donate to the Greater Lansing Food Bank

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Provide over 160,000 servings of high-quality protein to those in need

Michigan pork producers through the Michigan Pork Producers Association (MPPA), the National Pork Council and Farmland®, a brand of Smithfield Foods, are partnering with country music superstar Luke Bryan’s fall farm tour to donate more than 160,000 servings of protein to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. (MPPA)

BAT, Michigan — Michigan Hog ​​Producers through the Michigan Pork Producers Association (MPPA), National Pork and Farmland Council®, a brand of Smithfield Foods, are partnering with country music superstar Luke Bryan’s fall farm tour to donate more than 160,000 servings of protein to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The donation will help fill the protein shortage that food banks often face and help feed food security across the region. With Farm Tour stops in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota, the Greater Lansing Food Bank is one of six organizations receiving donations to help communities in need.

The donation at the six locations will total approximately 210,000 pounds of pork, providing more than 1 million servings of protein to those in need. Supporting people and communities in this way are just some of the We Care® ethical principles that pig farmers live by.

“Caring for our communities is at the heart of what pig farmers do every day, so we’re excited to give back on this scale with the support of Farmland® and Luke Bryan,” said Mary Kelpinski, MPPA CEO. “The state’s 2,000 swine producers are proud to help feed families and communities by growing nutritious food, creating 22,911 jobs and contributing $4.38 billion in economic value to the state of Michigan.

In addition to local donations to Farm Tour communities, Brian supports the pork industry by helping farmers share how their animals are cared for on modern hog farms in the National Pork Board’s latest campaign. Drawing on his childhood upbringing on a farm in Georgia, Brian understands and appreciates the hard work that more than 60,000 pig farmers across the United States put in every day.

“I have a lot of respect for pig farmers,” Brian said. “I know how hard they work from sunup to sundown to harvest our food, and it’s exciting to be part of a project that helps show consumers the real care that goes on on pig farms across the country.” As the gap between the farm and the fork continues to widen, there is an opportunity to help share the history of the people and methods involved in pig farming today.

“Farmland is proud to team up with the National Pork Council and farm music superstar Luke Bryan to support the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s continued work to fight hunger in the region,” said Jessica Scarlett, Farmland Senior Brand Manager. “Food banks like the Greater Lansing Food Bank play a critical role in strengthening our communities, and Farmland would be pleased to help add to its resources to help further its mission.”

To learn more about the National Pork Board, visit http://go.pork.org/wecare and follow @nationalporkboard on Facebook and Instagram. To learn more about the Michigan Pork Producers Association, visit www.mipork.org.

— Michigan Pork Producers Association

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