posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in West Region News
Wyoming Premium Farms and AMVC Management Services donated over 160 pounds of pork to the United Church of Christ Food Pantry. The meat donation filled the pantry’s freezer and will be distributed to residents in Wheatland, Glendo and Chugwater.
It was a hip-hip hooray moment for Judy Glass, coordinator at the United Church of Christ Food Pantry, when the Wyoming Premium Farms crew brought in five boxes of pork sausage and ground pork. “We were so thrilled to accept the donation; we were completely out of hamburger. This will help a lot of people from going hungry,” said Glass.
The pantry relies on community support to serve those in need. “The only way we stay open is through community donations. We don’t get any government funding,” added Glass.
Giving back to the community is important to Wyoming Premium Farms and AMVC. “As pig farmers, we care about the community we live and work in. This is our home, and we want everyone to be taken care of,” said Tony Smith, sow farm manager for Wyoming Premium Farms.
The pantry normally has to purchase hamburger to fill the pantry, as meat is rarely donated. Meat is an expensive item and is highly desired by families need. The donated pork will help the pantry serve 49 families for the next three months. The pantry is open 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
Wyoming Premium Farms has two breed-to-wean sow farms in the Wheatland area and is managed by AMVC Management Services. The farms employ 35 people that care for over 8,650 sows. AMVC is headquartered in Audubon, Iowa, and has a livestock management presence in eight states by providing swine husbandry, veterinary, nutritional and employee services. AMVC has been managing Wyoming Premium Farms since 2012.
Back Row L-R: Rudy Pena, Rubino Clemente, Mary Budd, Jose Frias, Judy Glass, Tony Smith, Sister Waters, Sister Thompson, Luque Carhuamaca, Gustavo Yauri Quispe
Front Row L-R: Marcicruz Martinez holding Andy Elizabeth, Alfredo Duran, Gonzalo Aquino Ramos, Daniel Alcantara Chicmana and Rodolfo Clemente.