LIMA — The Ohio Pork Producers Council is donating ground pork to Ohio’s food banks with views of the group’s video on YouTube.
The council is celebrating “The Year of the Farmer,” along with supporters such as the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and many Ohio hog farmers and businesses. Each time someone visits Ohio’s hog farmers on YouTube to watch the “Pork from Fork to Farm” video, OPPC and its partners will donate a pound of ground pork to Ohio’s food banks.
Ohio hog farmers have been actively involved in the fight against hunger for years, donating more than 750,000 meals of pork to Ohio food banks since 2009.
Thanks to the donations from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, and many other farmers and businesses, OPPC can provide up to 35,000 pounds of ground pork to food banks.
“By taking a few moments to view this video, you will be helping us to provide Ohio-raised, Ohio-produced pork to people in need, some of the most protein-packed food we are able to provide all year. Plus, you will be supporting our state’s outstanding agriculture industry—the people who work hard to feed all of us, every day,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.
Creamery receives $75,000 loan from Midwest Electric
CELINA — A new ice cream and sweet shop will soon open with help from Midwest Electric’s revolving loan fund.
Midwest Electric has made a $75,000 economic development loan to Lake City Creamery, a new business opening on state Route 29 west of Celina. The ice cream and sweet shop will open by early summer featuring fresh 14-16 percent butterfat content ice cream made on site.
The business will also have hand paddled fudge, chocolate-dipped pretzels, pecan clusters, caramels, fresh roasted cashews, red skins and blanched warm salted nuts. The company will initially have four employees.
The fund was created in 2005 and has made five loans, totaling $565,000, helping create or keep 39 rural jobs. The fund provides gap, or supplemental, financing. The applicant must obtain a majority of its financing from a bank, in addition to equity.
Based in St. Marys, Midwest Electric is the customer-owned electric cooperative for 10,500 homes, farms and businesses in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Shelby, Putnam and Darke counties.
Rudolph donates $10,000 to football legends in need
LIMA — Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturers of pork rinds, has donated $10,000 to the Gridiron Greats Assistance fund, as a result of the brand’s Second Annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day campaign.
Celebrated on Super Bowl Sunday, Pork Rind Appreciation Day was cemented as an annual event last year after Rudolph Foods and Southern Recipe secured hundreds of thousands of consumer votes as well as political designations.
Rudolph Foods charitable support for this second year was dedicated to the Gridiron Greats Assistance fund, a nonprofit organization that provides medical and financial assistance to former National Football League players in dire need. Ten cents of the purchase of all Rudolph Foods branded products went to support the organization’s assistance fund with a final goal of $10,000, which was met. Along the six-month campaign trail Rudolph Foods celebrated with several opportunities for consumers to play along with chances to win football parties, pork rinds and a flat screen television. The money was given to Gridiron Greats in a private meeting after Pork Rind Appreciation Day.
Otterbein updates website
LEBANON — For several months, Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices has been preparing a new and improved otterbein.org, which moves from a corporately centralized design to a decentralized design that includes micro-sites for each ministry, micro-sites for each location within each ministry and micro-sites for each type of care provided by Otterbein.
Key features of the new website include concise and improved content, clearer navigation, more and better photography, improved speed and responsiveness, improved location and directional maps, and direct contact to the ministry, location desired.
Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, founded in 1912, is a non-profit health and human service ministry, serving nearly 3,000 people, and is related to the East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Otterbein has five full-service retirement communities, five skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods and a home health agency.
ServiceMaster adds to inventory
WAPAKONETA — ServiceMaster by Case recently announced the company has purchased 10 high temperature commercial dehumidifiers and 25 commercial air movers. The company now has 24 commercial dehumidifiers and 130 commercial air movers.
These new HT dehumidifiers provide more dehumidification in a greater range of temperatures and require only 7 amps of electricity. ServiceMaster by Case has been providing smoke, fire, water, odor, mold and vandalism mitigation and cleaning services to Auglaize County for 34 years.
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