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Posted on: December 16, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Michigan Street Parking Lot Temporary Closure

Michigan Street Parking Lot

For Immediate Release:

For more information contact:   

Keri Navratil


The City of Storm Lake will be closing the Michigan Street Parking Lot at 6:00 AM on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, to accommodate the Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation free pork loin giveaway for families who aren’t planning a Christmas meal due to insufficient funds.

The parking lot will reopen immediately following the conclusion of the event. 

Michigan Street Parking Lot

The City appreciates the public’s understanding and apologizes for any inconvenience.

On behalf of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Hansen Foundation, the following announcement…

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Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation to Provide Holiday Meals for Struggling Iowans

New Operation Christmas Meal Program Partners with Local FFA, 4-H to Help Families in Need

 Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation announce the locations of Operation Christmas Meal, a free pork loin giveaway for families who aren’t planning a Christmas meal due to insufficient funds.

This year, Operation Christmas Meal will give away 18,000 boneless pork loins roasts at 14 different events across Iowa. In addition, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation is launching a new program aimed at increasing awareness of hunger locally and helping even more families during the holiday season.

Operation Christmas Meal will kick off Friday, December 6 at 5:00 a.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and end on Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Osage at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. Over the course of five days, Operation Christmas Meal will also travel to Webster City, Eldora, Parkersburg, Lenox, Osceola, Humeston, Iowa Falls, Carroll, Storm Lake, Pocahontas, Hampton, Mason City and Osage.

“During an especially difficult time for families in need, Operation Christmas Meal helps create a happy holiday for all Iowans, no matter their circumstances or level of income,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director of Iowa Select Farms. “The event is free and open to anyone in need.”

Now in its ninth year, Operation Christmas Meal has provided more than 820,000 Christmas meals to Iowa families. The event has become a holiday tradition for the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation with hundreds of Iowa Select Farms employees volunteering to brave the cold to hand out the pork loins year-after-year.

Igniting the Spirit of Giving Through Community Projects

A new component of Operation Christmas Meal is aimed at increasing awareness of hunger locally and helping even more families during the holiday season.

The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms is awarding cases of pork loins and $250 cash to FFA, 4-H and school-based organizations throughout the local areas of each regional Operation Christmas Meal. The donations will help student organizations host a community meal, organize and distribute holiday food baskets, or come up with their own idea for providing a meal to families in need.

“This is a great opportunity for students to better understand hunger, plan their own unique project or event while also partnering with organizations that provide different areas of support to local families,” said Sorenson. FFA and 4-H clubs will also be provided event kits with aprons, placemats, table tents and meat thermometers.

About Iowa Select Farms

Iowa Select Farms is committed to responsibly producing safe, nutritious, and high-quality pork for their customers and the food companies they serve. The company has 242,000 sows and annually produces 1.5 billion pounds of pork. With 800 swine farms across the state, Iowa Select Farms is one of the leading economic engines to Iowa’s rural communities, employing more than 1,200 people, contracting with more than 650 farmers and supporting hundreds of local businesses throughout the state.

About the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation 

The Hansen’s, who founded Iowa Select Farms and New Modern Concepts in Iowa Falls, Iowa, established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006 to work with philanthropic organizations 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.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below find a list of all 2019 Operation Christmas Meal locations.  

Des Moines, Iowa State Fairgrounds—Friday, December 6, 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Webster City, Webster City Hy-Vee—Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Eldora, Hardin County Courthouse—Tuesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Parkersburg, MidWestOne Bank—Tuesday, December 10, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Lenox, East Iowa Street—Thursday, December 12, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Osceola, Clarke County Fairgrounds—Thursday, December 12, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Humeston, Broad Street—Thursday, December 12, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Iowa Falls, Iowa Select Farms office—Friday, December 13, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Carroll, Bomgaars Supply—Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Storm Lake, Upper Des Moines Opportunity—Tuesday, December 17, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pocahontas, Iowa Select Farms Warehouse—Tuesday, December 17, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hampton, Farmers Cooperative Elevator—Thursday, December 19, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Mason City—Thursday, December 19, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Osage, Mitchell County Fairgrounds—Thursday, December 19, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.



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