More Kansas City, Missouri families will enjoy nourishing meals this summer thanks to 1,074 pounds of meat donated last month to The Healing House, as well as The Colonial Presbyterian Food Pantry, by members of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP).

AAMP members donated bacons, hams, dried beef and smoked turkeys to the organizations at the conclusion of the 2018 American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC), held July 19-21, in conjunction with the 79th Annual Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition. The ACMC is one of the largest cured meat competitions of its kind in North America.

The Healing House is a faith-based addiction recovery organization working in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Colonial Food Pantry is a volunteer driven outreach of Colonial Presbyterian Church. The pantry serves some of the poorest residents of South Kansas City with emergency food supplies.  AAMP coordinated efforts with Rock and Wrap it Up (RWU), a non-profit organization dedicated to arranging the recovery of leftover food from various events, to donate to local food banks. Using RWU’s Whole Earth Calculator, the donation by the members of the AAMP translated to 895 meals and 583 pounds of CO2 was not released into the atmosphere. RWU has coordinated donation recovery from the ACMC for the past six years.

“The members of AAMP are conscious of the need in local communities to provide nutrient-rich foods – like meat products – to those struggling with hunger,” said Chris Young, AAMP executive director. “We are proud to make a contribution to these organizations to bring servings of meat to families across Kansas City this summer.

Source: AAMP