Oklahoma Pig Farmers #GiveAHam with the Help of the Governor and Lt. GovernorFri, 22 Nov 2019 15:36:22 CST
One of the guiding principles driving Oklahoma pig farmers is giving back to their communities. This holiday season they are doing that with the #GiveAHam challenge on social media.
This campaign began with okPORK Board President Cathy Vaughan giving a ham to the Laverne, Okla., 4-H club to use in their Meals on Wheels program. Vaughan then challenged Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and okPORK Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey to #GiveAHam.
Governor Stitt promptly accepted the challenge and donated a ham to a local woman, Stormy, who is a graduate of the ReMerge program and has recovered from a life of addiction. He then challenged Lt. Governor Pinnell to participate. On Thursday Governor Pinnell accepted the challenge and donated a ham to the Jenks Food Bank and extended the challenge to Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur.
“We are grateful to Governor Stitt and Lt. Governor Pinnell for joining Oklahoma’s pig farmers in the #GiveAHam challenge,” said Lindsey. “Their support is bringing a level of recognition to this campaign that we have not seen in years past. It is exciting to see the groups that will benefit from receiving a ham this holiday season. And we’re grateful to everyone who has and will accept the #GiveAHam challenge over the next couple of weeks.
This challenge will continue into December, and more Oklahomans will benefit from receiving a holiday ham and other pork products. Lindsey extended the #GiveAHam challenge to okPORK Past President Joe Popplewell and Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Michael Kelsey.
Oklahoma’s pig farmers and okPORK’s efforts to #GiveAHam are just a small part of a national campaign of pig farmers from across the country. Nationally and locally, pig farmers practice the #WeCare principles daily and this effort is one part of their year-long commitment to giving back to local communities. You can follow along with the challenge on Facebook by searching the #GiveAHam hashtag or going to facebook.com/okpork where we will be sharing all the challenge videos.
Source: Oklahoma Pork Council
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