Mobile food pantry in Jacksonville tonight with lots of pork

By Gary Scott on November 19, 2015 at 7:00am

A mobile food pantry stopping through Jacksonville today will feature lots of ground pork courtesy of several state groups.

Fifty-five-thousand tons of the food product is headed to eight regional food banks across the state thanks to the Pork Power program this month and in December.

The Illinois Pork Producers, Corn Marketing Board, Soybean Association and Association of Meat Processors have partnered since 2009 to make the annual donations.

Kristi Gilmore, the Food and Agency Resource Director with the Central Illinois Food Bank, says the donation of meat is welcome, and it’s one of the most popular things picked up by those in need.

“Protein is probably one of the most difficult things for us to receive in donations, but one of the most important items. The food bank really has a strong focus on distributing nutritious food, so protein would be one of those items. We also look at fresh produce and dairy, and those are the top three,” says Gilmore.

“Some of the things that we’re really in need of right now are volunteers to come in, obviously food donations and monetary donations are great, but remember the food bank after the holidays, as well, because we see a significant decline in January,so those are always great times to donate,” she continues.

Gilmore says any time they receive meat or dairy donations they are the first things picked up and taken out the door.

Today’s mobile food pantry in Jacksonville will be at 5 p-m at Knollwood Retirement Village in Jacksonville. You are asked to bring an empty box or laundry basket to fill.