During the week of June 10, Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the country, donated a total of $25,000 to food banks across the midwest.

The organization collaborated with local food banks in 11 communities in which it operates, to provide pork certificates to those in need this summer, which included a donation to the Redwood Area Food Shelf.

“At Christensen Farms, we are proud to serve the noble purpose of providing safe, nutritious pork to families across the country,” said Amber Portner, Christensen Farms communications manager. “It is our hope that this donation will help provide families, including children, in the communities we operate, a key source of quality protein throughout the summer months, including right here in Redwood Falls.”

Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Christensen Farms has pork production operations located near the Redwood Falls area.

In this region, it employs more than 100 people and manages contract partnerships with local farmers, who all help to support and achieve the mission of Christensen Farms.

“For many families in the midwest and throughout the country, putting food on the table can be a daily challenge, even more so during the summer when children are off from school,” said Cindy Mumme, Redwood Area Food Shelf coordinator. “Providing a key source of protein is not just a daily luxury, it is essential. “We are grateful for the generosity of organizations like Christensen Farms, who look for ways to give back and help their neighbors – especially going into this summer season.”

The following communities and food banks received pork vouchers from Christensen Farms this spring and summer season: Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf in Sleepy Eye; New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf in New Ulm; Kitchen Table – Marshall Food Shelf in Marshall; Redwood Area Food Shelf in Redwood Falls; Manna Food Pantry in Worthington; Neighborhood Food Bank in Forest City, Iowa; Emmet County Food Pantry in Estherville, Iowa; Franklin County Community Food Pantry in Hampton, Iowa; Charleston Food Pantry in Charleston, Ill.; Norfolk NE Food Pantries in Norfolk, Neb. and Pierre Food Pantry in Pierre, S.D.

Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Learn more at www.christensenfarms.com.

The Redwood Area Food Shelf is located in Redwood Falls, MN.  Its mailing address is: PO Box 352, Redwood Falls, MN 56283. We serve these area towns:  Vesta, Echo, Belview, Morton, Franklin, Fairfax , Delhi and Redwood Falls. Currently it serves 150-160 families every month.  It is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization getting donations from area citizens, churches, schools and businesses.