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Two tons of pork

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Food pantries in Northeast Missouri received more than a few canned goods on Monday.

They'll soon be stocked with two tons of pork.

The pork came about as the result of a partnership between four local businesses and organizations. Cargill Pork provided the hogs at a discounted rate, then the Farm Bureau of Marion County brought them to the Country Butcher Shop in Palmyra for processing.

On Monday, 4,000 packages of ground pork were loaded onto The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri's refrigerated box truck to be delivered to local pantries.

Organizers say the need went beyond simple canned goods or other nonperishable items.

"The need was really for protein," said Tim Steinkamp, Cargill's Business Development Manager. "And not just a one-time donation, or a couple of times a year. People eat every day, and they need protein every day, and we want to see this program continue."

Cargill says they would like to see the pork deliveries continue at least every couple of weeks. Organizers estimate that the two tons of pork should provide for about 16,000 meals.

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