The Pork Checkoff’s event trailer is on its way to the East Coast to assist in feeding victims of Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record hit the northeast coast.
Although 24 states have been impacted by the storm, the hurricane hit New York and New Jersey especially hard, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines, as well as cutting off electricity to parts of the city and its suburbs. In response, pork producers from several states will be rolling up their sleeves to help feed those impacted by the storm.
“There are a number of details still to be worked out, but the event trailer, equipped with grills and cooking supplies, is on its way and we’re recruiting producers who can help,” says Conley Nelson president of the National Pork Board. “This is just another way pork producers demonstrate that they care for people and their communities,” Nelson says. Contributing to a better quality of life in producers’ communities is one of the six ethical principles of the We Care initiative, a joint effort of the Pork Checkoff, through the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council.
“This is a great opportunity for producers to give back to those on the East Coast who have been hit hard by the hurricane,” Nelson says.
There are a number of national and local relief agencies working to help hurricane victims. For farmers who wish to contribute, here are links to three reputable relief organization Web sites: