June 20, 2024

LaPorte County businesses and non-profits continue to donate meat to local food pantries

LAPORTE, Ind. — Ten LaPorte County businesses and nonprofits have partnered to provide local 4-H-raised protein to more than 30 local food pantries and soup kitchens as part of Operation Feed LaPorte County — a mission that has been dedicated to distributing local meat to the hungry for nearly 10 years.

Operation Feed LaPorte County was recently able to donate an additional steer to 10 food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the county.

This steer was an out-of-cycle donation that was raised by the Banwart Family, then donated by Parkman Cattle Company and LaPorte County Farm Bureau. Processed by Sims Meat Processing, the steer produced approximately 650 pounds of fresh protein.

“We want to see the quality meat raised within LaPorte County feed our community,” said Mark Parkman, LaPorte County Farm Bureau president.

“LaPorte County Farm Bureau is committed to providing a nutritious food supply to our neighbors who need it the most.”

This donation was extremely needed as attendance for each pantry has increased in recent weeks.

Operation Feed LaPorte County’s 2022 donors are: LaPorte County Farm Bureau, LaPorte County Farm Bureau Insurance, the LaPorte County Agricultural Association, the LaPorte County Sheep Breeders Association, 1st Source Bank, CLH CPAs and Consultants, Shireman Vet Service, Sims Meat Processing, Parkman Cattle Company and The Old Sheep Farm.

Any local business, person or nonprofit that would like to be involved in 2023 should contact Catherine Mrozinski at ccmrozinski@gmail.com.