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Linda Welch, representative from Christensen Farms, delivers a certificate for pork products to Todd Foster, director of the Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry.

CHARLESTON – Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the country, donated a total of $25,000 to food banks across the Midwest during the week of June 10.

The organization collaborated with local food banks in 11 communities in which it operates to provide pork certificates to those in need this summer. This effort 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, manager with Christensen Farms Communications. “It is our hope that this donation will help provide families, including children, in the communities we operate, a key source of quality protein throughout the summer months, including right here in Charleston.”

Christensen Farms has pork production and truck wash operations located near the Charleston area. In this region, they employ more than 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, even more so during the summer when children are off from school,” said Todd Foster, director of the Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry. “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 going into this summer season.”

The following communities and food banks received pork vouchers from Christensen Farms this spring and summer season: 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.; Neighborhood Food Bank, Forest City, Iowa; Emmet County Food Pantry, Estherville, Iowa; Franklin County Community Food Pantry, Hampton, Iowa; Charleston Food Pantry, Charleston, Ill.; Norfolk NE Food Pantries, Norfolk, Neb.; and Pierre Food Pantry, Pierre, S.D.

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, Minn., 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, Mo. 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.

The Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry is a 100 percent volunteer organization. They serve approximately 4,000 families, or 15,000 individuals, annually. They are open for clients four days every week.They are funded by donations, food drives, and grants. The pantry is located at 990 W State St., Charleston, Illinois 61920. You may contact them by phone at 217-345-3030.

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