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Program Connecting Hogs With Hungry Families Now Part Of Larger Drive

The adage “necessity is the mother of invention” proved true last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The first wave of infections impacted meatpacking plants, severely reducing slaughter capacity, while the sudden shift to staying at home threw millions out of a job and into food insecurity.  Missouri Farmers Care executive director Ashley McCarty reflected on how the state’s ag leaders devised a solution.

Missouri Farmers Care has grouped Hogs For Hunger into their long-running Drive To Feed Kids, which McCarty says has made significant progress in tackling child hunger in rural communities.

McCarty says this year’s program will include an opportunity for 4-H and FFA exhibitors to donate their show animals to the cause when they’re done competing.  Last year, Missouri farmers donated enough hogs to produce 318,000 servings of pork.

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