The Nebraska Pork Producers Association, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Animal Science and UNL’s Loeffel Meat Laboratory have begun an initiative to connect Nebraska pork producers with people in the state who face food insecurity.
Through the Pork Cares initiative, the association and UNL are helping Nebraska pork producers donate pigs to Nebraska food bank programs.
Manager Calvin Schrock, students, staff and faculty operate the meat lab, where the pork is processed and packaged. The Food Bank of Lincoln plans to distribute the donated pork throughout Nebraska.
Pork Cares is seeking donations to help with transportation and processing costs.
Donations can be made at nepork.org or sent to the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, 4435 O St., Suite 200, Lincoln, NE, 68510.
“It’s exciting; it’s a good thing,” said Bill Luckey, one of the initiative’s founders. “We are doing our best to make lemonade out of lemons. We’ll do our best to keep it going and see where it takes us."