Pork Council Raises Funds For Hungry

Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) is pleased to present Food Cycle 2009, a major fundraising event with Winnipeg Harvest and the Manitoba Association of Food Banks.

Harvest supporter and cyclist Ken Livingstone will cycle the winding route of the Trans Canada Trail from the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border through rural Manitoba and Winnipeg to the Manitoba-Ontario border. Food Cycle’s 1,286 kilometre drive to raise awareness, food and funds gets rolling May 22 and winds up June 7.

Hog farmers will support Livingstone in person at his many stops, and they urge other Manitobans to keep up the momentum by cheering him on and contributing non-perishable food and funds.

MPC’s famous Pick Pork Barbecue will serve pork on a bun at five stops: Brandon on May 27; Altona on May 30; Letellier on May 31; Winnipeg on National Hunger Awareness Day June 2; and Selkirk on June 3.

Also watch for pancake breakfasts serving high-quality pure pork sausages along the route.

“Hog farmers work every day to feed people at home and around the world by providing safe, high-quality pork,” says Karl Kynoch, MPC chairman. “We believe all Manitobans should be able to access safe, quality food, and that’s why we continue to donate pork and support food-raising events like Food Cycle 2009.”

Manitoba’s hog farmers also donated one tonne of pork sausage to Harvest at their annual meeting earlier this month. That makes more than 151,000 kg (334,000 lbs.) of Manitoba pork product donated to Harvest since June 2008. The pork was distributed to over 100 food banks and food programs in the Winnipeg area. In addition, the donated pork was sent to 33 Manitoba food banks outside of Winnipeg and 37 First Nations communities.

“Working with the pork producers of Manitoba and the Manitoba Pork Council is a natural fit for Winnipeg Harvest. Their ongoing commi tment and support to providing for Manitobans who are hungry has a great value for families in Manitoba,” says David Northcott, Winnipeg Harvest. “Last year, Winnipeg Harvest distributed over 9.7 million pounds of food to over 300 member agencies throughout Manitoba, and the relationship with Manitoba Pork Council and its producers is key to this work.”

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