U.S. pork producers have announced the donation of 12,000 pounds of pork to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix. The donation was announced in conjunction with the National Pork Industry Forum meeting March 3-4 in Phoenix. Arizona is one of the top five states with the most food insecure children under age 18, according to Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity.
With the combined unemployment and underemployment rates in Arizona remaining at more than 19 percent, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance will need to distribute 36 million pounds of food into the community in the next six months - or more than 275,000 pounds of food each day.
"It is our way of giving back," said Don Davidson, president of the Arizona Pork Board and director of production operations for Farmer John. "As pork producers, community involvement is one of the ethical principles we follow. Making this donation is the right thing to do for our community."
The National Pork Board teamed with Farmer John to make the 12,000 pound donation, equaling 60,000 meals.
"We really appreciate the support from America's pork producers," said Jerry Brown, communications specialist with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. "With one in five Arizonans living in poverty and one in seven Americans struggling with hunger, this donation will have a great impact on our community."