The local food pantry received a donation of several hundred pounds of ground pork this week which will help many area residents, thanks to three local businesses.
Dean Bowden delivered the load of meat Thursday morning. Bowden, who though retired is still affiliated with Webster City Custom Meats, said for several years the business has purchased the champion hog at the livestock auction following the Hamilton County Fair. Bowden said that he then had the pork processed and donated it to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity food pantry.
Two years ago, he said Rod Ruppel of Webster City RV called and also wanted to help by donating a hog.
Dean Bowden, representing Webster City Custom Meats, delivers nearly 600 pounds of ground pork to Upper Des Moines Opportunity. Jamie Ragland of UDMO accepts the donation. Webster City RV and Chamness Technologies also donated to the project.
"This year, Gary Chamness of Chamness Technologies at Blairsburg called and said he would also like to donate a couple of hogs," Bowden said.
The result was nearly 600 pounds of ground pork that will go to help feed Hamilton County families that might be struggling to put food on their tables.
Bowden said he invited other businesses to join the efforts next year.