WORTHINGTON - During the week of Dec. 17, Christensen Farms donated a total of $20,000 to food banks across the Midwest. The organization collaborated with local food banks in 15 communities in which it operates, to provide pork certificates to those in need, which included a donation to the Manna Food Pantry in Worthington.

“At Christensen Farms, we are proud to serve the noble purpose of providing safe, nutritious pork to families across the country,” Christensen Farms Communications Manager Amber Portner said. “It is our hope that this donation will help provide families in the communities we operate, a delicious pork meal this holiday season, including right here in Worthington.”

Christensen Farms has pork production operations located near the Worthington area; employing nearly 30 employees and managing contract partnerships with local farmers, who all help to support and achieve Christensen Farms’ mission.  

“For many families in the Midwest and throughout the country, putting food on the table can be a daily challenge,” Manna Food Pantry Coordinator Linda Sanchez said.  “Providing a key source of protein is not just a daily luxury, it is essential. We are grateful for the generosity of organizations like Christensen Farms, who look for ways to give back and help their neighbors   especially during the holidays.”

Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye,  the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota.

Manna Food Pantry Inc. has been a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for 12 years. It offers many types of food items and some household products that a family in need can receive on a monthly basis. If the family needs additional items, they may visit the pantry once a week for produce and other perishables above and beyond their monthly visit.

On an average month, Manna helps to “Squash Hunger” in southwest Minnesota by supplementing approximately 375 to 400 families with their food needs.