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Iowa Select Farms, Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation Donate $420,000 in Pork to Members of the Armed Services

WEST DES MOINES, IA (April 6, 2020) – The 12,000 members of Iowa’s military units received $35 worth of coupons good for various pork products from Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation throughout the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020. The sixth delivery of the Pork Care Packages allow us to say “thank you” to the men and women sacrificing so much for our freedom and safety.

“Our troops answer when called upon, whether that be responding to events locally or overseas deployments, and this is just one small way to show them our appreciation,” said Jeff Hansen, president and CEO of Iowa Select Farms and co-founder of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.

Employees of Iowa Select Farms delivered the Pork Care Packages to all units of the Iowa Army National Guard, the 132nd Fighter Wing and 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Navy Reserves, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pork Care Packages were also delivered to the Iowa National Guard’s Survivor Outreach Services for 600 Iowa families of fallen soldiers.

“Now, more than ever, a homecooked meal is good for the soul. We hope these coupons will help military families enjoy some precious time together,” said Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms.

The coupons can be redeemed at any local grocery store, regardless of brand or cut. They can be used for a variety of pork products, from ribs and bacon to fresh pork.

New in 2019, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation launched Project: Food and Fellowship. The program assists family readiness coordinators, military community volunteers and event coordinators with creating and hosting social gatherings for active duty, reservists, veterans, Gold Star families and all military families. The goal of Project Food and Fellowship is to help enhance or create memorable and enriching experiences for members of our military and build and strengthen relationships within the community. Applications can be found at https://www.iowaselect.com/foundation/food-and-fellowship/.

Founded in 2006, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation facilitates programs throughout Iowa focused on providing hunger relief, showing gratitude to members of the Armed Services, and supporting families impacted by childhood cancer. Jeff and Deb Hansen are the owners of Iowa Select Farms, a privately owned, Iowa-based pork production company with 1,850 employees and contractors.

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About the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation
The Hansens, who founded Iowa Select Farms and New Modern Concepts in Iowa Falls, Iowa, established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006 to create programs and resources to relieve hunger, show gratitude to members of the Armed Services and their families, and strengthen efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer while improving the quality of life for cancer patients.

About Iowa Select Farms
Iowa Select Farms is the largest pork producer in Iowa and is committed to responsibly producing safe, nutritious, and high-quality pork for their customers and the food companies they serve. Founded by and privately owned by Iowa Falls natives Jeff and Deb Hansen, the company has 242,000 sows and annually produces 1.5B pounds of pork. With 800 swine farms across the state, Iowa Select Farms is one of the leading economic engines to Iowa’s rural communities through employing more than 1,200 Iowans, contracting with more than 650 farmers and supporting hundreds of local businesses throughout the state.

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Iowa Select Farms employees Lori Melz and Allyson Ladd deliver Pork Care Packages to members of the Iowa Army National Guard at Joint Forces in Johnston, Iowa. This is the sixth year the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation provided Pork Care Package for 12,000 members of the Iowa Armed Services.



Pork Care Packages include coupons for $10 worth of ham, $10 worth of fresh pork, $10 worth of ribs and $5 worth of bacon to be redeemed at local grocery stores.