posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 in North Region News
October is National Pork Month, and NorDak, LLP, a local sow farm in Scranton, celebrated the occasion by providing those in need with pork. Last week, the Bowman/Slope Community Cupboard, which serves 40 households each month, received over 100 pounds of pork from NorDak to fill their freezer and distribute to community members.
“Donations of meat are probably the biggest gift we could ever receive,” said Tammy Hofland, President of the Bowman Community Cupboard Board.
Since the oil boom, the Cupboard has seen an increase in the number of people they serve each month. As a 501c3organization, the Cupboard only operates on donations. Meat is always needed and one of the most expensive items that the Cupboard provides.
“If we buy hamburger from the Great Plains Food Bank, we would spend about $120 plus shipping to get enough for one monthly opening. That's only one item for one month - that's no cereal, no peanut butter and no macaroni. There have been times when we do our monthly opening and we have no meat to offer,” commented Hofland.
National Pork Month is celebrated in October, as it was the time of year hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, it is the perfect time of year for pig farmers to support their community and showcase the swine industry.
“It’s important to give back to the community, because without our community, we all would have nothing. Many people are unfortunate, and it is good to help those who need help,” said Linda Jorgens, AMVC employee and assistant manager at NorDak.
NorDak is a 4,400 head sow farm that employs 18 people in the community. AMVC is a swine management company headquartered in Audubon, Iowa, and has a management presence in seven states.
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