IOWA FALLS, IOWA (August 8, 2019) — The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation has launched Project: Food and Fellowship, a grant program to aid Iowa-based family-readiness coordinators, child- and youth-program coordinators, and military-community volunteers in creating and hosting social gatherings for active duty, reservists, veterans, Gold Star families, and all military families.

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (June 30, 2017) - Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation announce the kickoff of their "Haul Out Hunger" program which will conclude with the donation and delivery of 56,220 pounds of fresh pork loins to food pantries throughout Iowa. 

Coupon packets for pork chops, ribs, and more, offers opportunity to bring families together

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (Nov. 25, 2014) ? Iowa service members will have a little more on their plates this holiday season, quite literally, with an unprecedented donation of coupons good for free pork from the Deb & Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms. Every single service member in Iowa is receiving $28 worth of coupons good for various pork products, including ribs and bacon, through their unit readiness coordinators. In total, more than 10,800 active duty and reserve service members will be receiving the coupons, totaling $302,400 in free pork.

"Providing support to military families in Iowa is the least we can do for those on active duty and those who dedicate their time to civilian duty and the Reserves," says Jeff Hansen, president and CEO of Iowa Select Farms. "Supplying the resources for a home-cooked meal that brings their families together is our way of saying 'thank you' to the men and women who sacrifice so much of their time away from their families in order to protect our freedom."

From ribs to bacon to fresh pork, the coupon packets are redeemable at any local grocery store and provide for many meals worth or product, no matter the brand or cut.  From bacon-wrapped turkey to pork loin with cranberry, there are an endless array of holiday recipes that will be made possible with these donations.

"I'm humbled and proud to be a recipient of this gift," says SFC Larry Hingtgen, a member of Delta Company 1/133rd Infantry. "I know that I speak for most of the men and women in uniform all over the state in saying that this is hugely appreciated. From bacon breakfasts, to our holiday gatherings and tailgating, this is a practical and hugely helpful gift. The thoughtfulness of Iowans never ceases to amaze me."

The foundation is also working on distributing the coupon packets to ROTC programs across the state. The coupons offer a great opportunity for service members to sit down with their families to share a meal during the fall months and over the holidays. On top of these coupon donations, the foundation will also continue the popular Hams for Heroes Program, which delivers fresh pork packs and smoked hams to select units and families.

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The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation restock food pantries across Iowa
IOWA FALLS, Iowa (Sept. 18, 2014) – Empty freezers in Iowa food pantries will soon be full as the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms is donating approximately 48,000 pounds of fresh, boneless pork loins to help feed Iowa families in need. The pork is being delivered this week to local community organizations, food shelves and pantries across Iowa.
"We focus on helping Iowa families who need a helping hand," says Jeff Hansen, President and CEO of Iowa Select Farms.  "The pork loin donation helps bring families together for a good meal, which is especially important with the rising prices at the meat case."
One in eight Iowans, or more than 390,000 individuals, face the risk of hunger every day, according to Cory Berkenes, Executive Director of the Iowa Food Bank Association, so the donation, valued at $125,760, comes at a time when there is a great need. "These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days," says Berkenes.
Each community has their own unique needs, so the Foundation works with local pantries to determine how they can best meet those needs. In total, 800 cases of pork loins will be handed out during this round of donations, and with the great need for fresh pork, pantries exhaust their supply very quickly. Whether the pork is used to meet immediate needs or saved for holiday food baskets, the loins help ease the stress for families wondering where their meals will come from.
"You have no idea how much this donation helps," said Diana Bass, a representative of the food pantry at United Methodist Church in New Hartford, Iowa. "Protein is such an important part of our diets and unfortunately, high meat prices make it hard for many people to access these nutrient-rich foods."
The boneless pork loins are approximately 4.5 pounds and each can feed 24 people a 3-ounce serving of pork. The 800 cases of pork loin roasts donated by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms will provide approximately 230,400 servings to Iowa families.
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About the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation
The Hansen's, who founded Iowa Select Farms and New Modern Concepts in Iowa Falls, established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006 to work with philanthropic organizations to relieve hunger, support military 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, based in Iowa Falls, is the largest pork producer in Iowa. The company has been producing high-quality pork for 20 years and is committed to meeting or exceeding all requirements in efforts to protect the environment and ensure proper care and well-being of swine. With nearly 550 swine farms across the state, Iowa Select Farms is one of the leading economic engines to Iowa's rural communities through employing more than 1,000 people, contracting with more than 345 farm families and supporting hundreds of local businesses throughout the state.
Grace Place Ministries provides 150 meals with ham from Iowa Select Farms and its Foundation
Iowa Falls, Iowa ? Jan. 31, 2014 ? To conclude a friendly wager between Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad over the Outback Bowl, Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal today joined other volunteers serving ham donated by Iowa Select Farms for lunch at Grace Place Ministries in Monroe, La.
Each governor pledged to send 200 pounds of his state's quintessential food ? Iowa pork and Louisiana seafood ? to charities in both states if his team lost. After the University of Iowa Hawkeyes lost 21-14 to the Louisiana State University Tigers, Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation stepped up to fulfill Gov. Branstad's commitment, delivering 100 pounds of ham to Grace Place Ministries and 100 pounds of ham to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines.
"This was a typical day at the soup kitchen, but more special because of Supriya Jindal," says Rhonda Grace, Founder and CEO of Grace Place Ministries. "She was so genuine and gracious, the ham tasted great, and we would like to say thanks again to Iowa Select Farms."
Approximately 150 people gathered at the Monroe soup kitchen today to enjoy sliced Iowa ham cooked in pineapple juice, along with green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, fruit salad, rolls and cakes. Today, Grace Place Ministries served seven of the 12 hams donated by Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, saving the other five hams for a future meal.
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About Iowa Select Farms
Iowa Select Farms, based in Iowa Falls, is Iowa's largest pork producer with nearly 1,000 employees and 300 producers in Iowa. The owners of Iowa Select established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006. Providing hunger relief is one of the core missions of the Foundation, which to date has donated more than 1.5 million servings of pork to food banks, pantries and shelves across Iowa.

(DES MOINES) - Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced he is donating 100 pounds of Iowa ham to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa, and 100 pounds of Iowa ham to Grace Place Ministries soup kitchen in Monroe, Louisiana.

The donation comes after a friendly wager with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on the 2014 Outback Bowl, which featured the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. If the LSU Tigers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes, Gov. Branstad was to donate 100 pounds of Iowa pork to a Louisiana food bank and another 100 pounds of Iowa pork to an Iowa food bank.  LSU beat Iowa 21-14 on January 1, 2014.

"I'm proud of the season the Iowa Hawkeyes had and for their tremendous effort in the Outback Bowl against Louisiana State University," said Branstad. "I'm pleased today to donate Iowa pork to two fine organizations that help feed the hungry in local communities. I would also like to thank The Deb & Jeff Hansen Iowa Select Farms Foundation for their generosity in donating the pork for this friendly wager."

The Iowa ham will be delivered to the organizations by Iowa Select Farms.

"A core mission of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation is hunger relief which is why we were glad to support Governor Branstad with his friendly wager," said Jeff Hansen, President and CEO of Iowa Select Farms and co-founder of the Foundation. "We're happy to be able to donate hams to both organizations in an effort to help both Iowa and Louisiana families in need."

Iowa taxpayer dollars were not used for the friendly wager between Gov. Branstad and Gov. Jindal.

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Iowa Select Farms, based in Iowa Falls, is Iowa's largest pork producer with nearly 1,000 employees and 300 producers in Iowa. The owners of Iowa Select established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006. Providing hunger relief for Iowans is one of the core missions of the Foundation, which to date has donated more than 1.5 million servings of pork to food banks, pantries and shelves across Iowa.