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Over a ton of ground pork donated by local farmers for COVID-19 relief

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If you've been struggling to put food on the table, you're not alone right now.

Officials at the Horizons Food Kitchen in Quincy said they're serving over a hundred more meals a day on average than they were before COVID-19 struck.

On Thursday, farmers in the area are lent a helping hand.

Horizons now has over sixty pounds of extra ground pork tonight thanks to a massive donation going out to over a dozen organizations in the region from farmers in Adams county.

"Today we got this incredible donation from the farm bureau," said Horizons soup kitchen and food pantry executive director Sarah Stephens.

She said the boxes of ground pork will help them serve families who are truly suffering.

"There's incredible need right now, last four weeks we've served five-thousand meals, we're seeing people we've never seen before, I got a call from a woman the other day who said she has 7 mouths to feed and she's been out of work for 30 days," said Stephens.

Between unloading boxes of pork, Adams county farm bureau president Brent Clair said the pork, donated by JBS, and processed with funds from local farm bureaus, Is doing more good for the community than if they were just sold.

"Obviously this is a tough time for everyone, we could go on and on about the hardships, and just to have a ton of food, literally 2-thousand pounds of pork to give out to people who really need it, we're glad they were able to do it, we're glad we were able to be the facilitator of it," said Clair.

Pike-Scott farm bureau executive director Blake Roderick said he's taking pork back to 5 different food banks in his region.

"We're also going to be doing this more often-- these hogs came out of Adams county, we have hogs in Pike and Scott county we need to process also, so we're looking into continuing this," said Roderick.

"I'm a farm girl myself and so I know that farmers are some of the most generous people in the world, this community is full of those people, I'm overwhelmed by the individuals who are calling and sending checks and just saying hey how can we help you," said Stephens.

If you would like to donate to Horizons or help with the Adams county farm bureau they encourage you to reach out.

Horizons officials said mailing a check to 224 S 8TH ST, Quincy, IL or giving them a call at (217) 224-5530 both will help.

You can also call the Adams County Farm Bureau at (217) 222-7305.

If you're in need of food in Quincy, Horizons officials said you can get a hot meal from noon to 1 pm Monday through Friday, and Sundays 5-6 pm at North entrance door.

Food bags are also available Monday 11 am to 1 pm & Saturday 10 am to Noon.

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