During the current pandemic, food insecurity has visited many families in the area due to unemployment and under-employment. Farmers Union Enterprises donated 30,000 pounds of pork ribs to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire today The ribs come from Redwood Farms, one of the companies belonging to Farmers Union Enterprises. Redwood Farms supplies premium pork products to high-end restaurants in New York, Chicago and other cities across the U.S. With many restaurants closed due to COVID-19, Redwood Farms saw a sharp decline in demand. 

“Donating pork to Feed My People is a win all-around,” said WFU President Darin Von Ruden. “People in need of food assistance will be able to get delicious pork, and Redwoods Farms is able to continue moving product and processing meat from family farmers.”

“Because of COVID-19, many families have seen their grocery budget shrink. We saw a way to help not only feed families, but keep our employees working,” explained FUE President Doug Sombke, who also leads South Dakota Farmers Union. 

Farmers Union will be donating 150,000 pounds of pork to food pantries in the five states it supports. 

“There couldn’t be a better time to receive such a generous supply of pork,” said Emily Moore, executive director of Feed My People. “We and our 200 program partners are grateful to be able to offer families throughout west central Wisconsin such highly desired protein at a time when food insecurity is so prevalent.”

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Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Association, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley


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