Pork meal brings smiles to Ronald McDonald House


posted on Friday, December 28, 2018 in Central Region News

As the holiday season kicked off, a group of twelve employees from AMVC volunteered to prepare a home cooked meal for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Des Moines. The employees that participated are part of the swine production leadership development program at AMVC, where they are in a year-long program to strengthen their skills to be successful in a management role.

The AMVC group was tasked with cooking a pork centric meal for fifty occupants at the RMH. In addition, twenty non-perishable sack lunches were prepped with healthy snacks, like shelf stable pork sticks from the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The RMH provides a place for families to stay close to their hospitalized child for no charge. Many families are far from home and a prepared meal is one less stress in their lives.

For Theresa Homerding, AMVC LDP employee, giving back to the Ronald McDonald House was personal, “It really hit close to home for me because my family stayed at one of these houses while my little brother was receiving treatment for Leukemia. These families are having a hard time, so for us to be able to cook a homemade meal for them really meant a lot! I could tell how much it meant to these families and for all of LDPs to be a part of that was amazing.”

AMVC’s company motto is doing the right thing every day. These words were exemplified by the leadership group, giving their time and talents to help people they have never met.

“When we give back, it shows we care about others, and we can do more than feeding the world. The more we give back, the more people will become aware of the swine industry,” added Homerding.

This community effort coincided with National Pork Board’s Hams Across America campaign, which ran from Giving Tuesday until December 23, where pig farmers challenged each other to pay it forward with the gift of pork.


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