Welcome back to our second post on this blog! For March, we wanted to show a little ‘love’ to our food bank partners. Not only are food banks vital to those facing food insecurity, but the pandemic along with inflation has caused many families to face hunger like never before. If you did not know, we launched our Links of Love program in 2020 in response to the pandemic as food insecurity began to rise. Working closely with our friends at Feeding America, we created a high protein, all-pork product that we would donate solely to food banks and disaster relief efforts. According to the Feeding America website, more than 38 million people, including 12 million children experience food insecurity in the United States. That means 1 in 8 people are facing hunger.
We believe the work of our local food banks is vital to helping resolve food insecurity which is why we commit to donating 10,000 pounds of smoked sausage each month through our Links of Love program to support their efforts to end hunger across the country.
Did you know protein can be a luxury for food banks?
When we kicked off our program, it was important for us to create a high-quality product to donate that was similar to our other lines of smoked meat products. What we did not realize was just how scarce protein can be for food banks. We donated to the Arkansas Food Bank in February and had the opportunity to meet with Eric Shelby, chief operations officer, about struggles their organization is facing.
“One of the things that food banks have been experiencing since the start of the pandemic is the lack of donated proteins to get into our food banks,” said Shelby.
According to a 2014 study by Feeding America, 78% of food bank recipients purchase inexpensive, unhealthy food due to their limited resources. Food banks like the one in Little Rock, Arkansas are just one in a few hundred that strive to provide healthy options to those in need. We are excited to support their mission by helping provide a quality protein source for communities that desperately need it.
How can YOU make a difference?
As a Kiolbassa Smoked Meats fan, you already support our mission of enriching lives. Whether you purchase our product on a regular basis, share our Facebook posts or tell a friend about our bacon and chorizo, your support helps fund our program. Thank you for your support!