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Operation Christmas Meal returns to WC

Program partners with local FFA, 4-H to help families in need

Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation announce the locations of Operation Christmas Meal, a free pork loin giveaway for families who aren’t planning a Christmas meal due to insufficient funds. 

This year, Operation Christmas Meal will give away 18,000 boneless pork loins roasts at 14 different events across Iowa. In addition, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation is launching a new program aimed at increasing awareness of hunger locally and helping even more families during the holiday season.

Operation Christmas Meal will kick off Dec. 6 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and end on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in Osage at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.

Over the course of five days, Operation Christmas Meal will also travel to Webster City, Eldora, Parkersburg, Lenox, Osceola, Humeston, Iowa Falls, Carroll, Storm Lake, Pocahontas, Hampton, Mason City and Osage.

The Webster City stop will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Hy-Vee Store.

“During an especially difficult time for families in need, Operation Christmas Meal helps create a happy holiday for all Iowans, no matter their circumstances or level of income,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director of Iowa Select Farms. “The event is free and open to anyone in need.”

Now in its ninth year, Operation Christmas Meal has provided more than 820,000 Christmas meals to Iowa families. The event has become a holiday tradition for the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation with hundreds of Iowa Select Farms employees volunteering to brave the cold to hand out the pork loins year-after-year.

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