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U.S. pork producers participate in ‘Give-a-Ham’ program

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During this pandemic we have seen neighbor helping neighbor and neighbor helping strangers, especially in the agriculture community. To continue helping people in their community, the National Pork Producers Council today launched the “Give-a-Ham” challenge. The “Give-a-Ham” challenge is a national social media campaign encouraging hog farmers and those involved in the industry to donate pork to organizations serving the food insecure, and challenging others to follow suit. The national challenge begins today and runs through the end of the year.

“With so many Americans struggling with COVID-related financial challenges, this year’s ‘Give-a-Ham’ challenge takes on special meaning,” said NPPC President Howard “AV” Roth, a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “Giving back to our communities is a core value of hog farmers nationwide; it’s gratifying to come together as an industry this time of year to serve those in need.”

Throughout the COVID pandemic, U.S. hog farmers and numerous state associations that represent them have donated to local food banks, providing a collective 15.7 million pounds–or 222.8 million servings–of pork through Oct. 31.

“I’m proud to be part of an industry that has already made significant contributions this year to help those less fortunate and look forward to participating in the ‘Give-a-Ham’ challenge, paying it forward with pork,” Roth added.

On Twitter, Wakefield Pork Twitter tweeted, “We Care. Even in a challenging year like 2020, we remain committed to those in need in our communities. This year we donated 11 Thanksgiving meals to local families in need. We are proud to #GiveAHam this holiday season! Will you join us & #GiveAHam to someone in your community?”

Even though this year has been tough for so many, but that hasn’t stopped pork producers from helping their local community members. Participants are encouraged to share their stories on social media using the #GiveaHam hashtag.

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