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Food Shelf Donation

Pictured is left, Brandy Switzer (Christensen Farms) and right, Todd Foster (Charleston Food Pantry).

CHARLESTON -- During the week of December 17, Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the country, donated a total of $20,000 to food banks across the Midwest. The organization collaborated with local food banks in 15 communities in which it operates, to provide pork certificates to those in need, which included a donation to the Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry.

“At Christensen Farms, we are proud to serve the noble purpose of providing safe, nutritious pork to families across the country,” said Amber Portner, Christensen Farms Communications Manager. “It is our hope that this donation will help provide families in the communities we operate, a delicious pork meal this holiday season, including right here in Charleston.”

Christensen Farms has pork production and truck wash operations located near the Charleston area. In this region, they employ over 100 people, who all help to support and achieve the mission of Christensen Farms.

“For many families in the Midwest and throughout the country, putting food on the table can be a daily challenge,” said Todd Foster, Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry Director. “Providing a key source of protein is not just a daily luxury, it is essential. We are grateful for the generosity of organizations like Christensen Farms, who look for ways to give back and help their neighbors – especially during the holidays.”

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The following communities and food banks received pork vouchers from Christensen Farms this holiday season: Charleston Food Pantry, Charleston, Ill.; Neighborhood Food Bank, Forest City, Iowa; Emmet County Food Pantry, Estherville, Iowa; Franklin County Community Food Pantry, Hampton, Iowa; Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf, New Ulm, Minn.; Kitchen Table-Marshall Food Shelf, Marshall, Minn.; Redwood Area Food Shelf, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Manna Food Pantry, Worthington, Minn.; Central Northeast Community Food Bank, O’Neill, NE; Northeast Nebraska Action Partnership – Creighton Family Services, Creighton, NE; Safe Harbor, Aberdeen, SD; Tri-County Good Samaritan Center, Redfield, SD; and Pierre Food Pantry, Pierre, SD.

Christensen Farms is one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Christensen Farms owns four feed mills, manages 143,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversees more than 350 nurseries and grow-finish sites. The company employs nearly 1,000 people and maintains 1,500 contract partnerships.

The company is vertically integrated with a strong presence across the pork value chain – from farm to fork. Christensen Farms is the largest shareholder of Triumph Foods LLC, a producer-owned primary pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. In turn, Triumph Foods own 50 percent of Daily’s Premium Meats, a specialty pork processor of bacon and other premium pork products. Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa, a primary pork processing plant currently under construction.

The Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry is a 100 percent volunteer organization. They are privileged to serve approximately 4000 families or 15000 individuals annually. They are open for clients four days every week and are funded by donations, food drives, and grants. They are located at 990 W. State Street in Charleston.

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