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Charles City FFA, food pantry, Extension will host free pork loin lunch on Christmas Eve

By Bob Steenson, [email protected]

Charles City FFA, food pantry, Extension will host free pork loin lunch on Christmas EveThe Charles City FFA, Messiah’s Food Pantry and the Floyd County Extension Service are joining forces to provide a hearty meal and a Christmas spirit boost on Christmas Eve this year.

The groups are hosting a dine-in Christmas Eve lunch at the Youth Enrichment Center at the Floyd County Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.

“This meal is free of charge and will include smoked pork loin provided by Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation,” said Bret Spurgin, agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Charles City High School.

Persons interested in participating in the meal are asked to RSVP by calling the Messiah’s Food Pantry at 641-228-7022 by Monday, Dec. 20.

In addition to the dine-in meal, meal deliveries can be provided to those who need them, Spurgin said.

And transportation is also available to people who need a ride to and from the fairgrounds. Pickup spots and times are:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Terrace Road and Clarkview Drive.
  • 10:40 a.m. – Cedar Terrace North.
  • 10:50 a.m. – Cedar Terrace South.
  • 11 a.m. – Hartwood Inn.
  • 11:10 a.m. – Lantern Park Apartments.
  • 11:20 a.m. – Cedar Court Apartments.

Anyone interested in meal deliveries or transportation, or who wants more information, is asked to contact the Messiah’s Food Pantry by Dec. 20, Spurgin said.

The pork loin donation was part of the Ignite the Spirit Community Partnership Program sponsored by Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. The campaign is a student-based program for 4-H clubs and FFA chapters in Iowa Select Farms Iowa Homegrown communities.

Each chapter receives two cases of pork loins — enough to feed about 400 people, $250, pork loin recipe booklets and disposable meat thermometers along with other materials to help plan and promote the meal.

The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation was established by the Hansens, who founded Iowa Select Farms and New Modern Concepts in Iowa Falls. The foundation was established in 2006 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 and their families.

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