October 1, 2019
An Iowa State University veterinary student is taking to the streets to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in conjunction with National Pork Month.
Neil Vezeau, a third-year veterinary student, has created "The Pork Run Against Hunger" to raise money for Food Bank of Iowa. Vezeau has committed to running 1 mile in a pig onesie for every $20 donated toward his campaign.
“Animals play such an important role in our lives as food and companions. This is especially true for those most vulnerable in society, and we’re all connected. I’m grateful Food Bank of Iowa is helping draw attention to that,” Vezeau said. “Having a positive impact in the world isn’t hard, and you might as well have fun while you’re at it. All it takes is one idea and a bit of execution.”
“We have such great supporters from all over our service area and love when they come to us with creative ideas,” said Dylan Lampe, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications for Food Bank of Iowa. “There are 175,000 Iowans suffering from food insecurity in our 55-county service area and initiatives like this help shine a light on the need that is out there.”
Vezeau is inviting others to join the campaign and can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to join his efforts. Any level of pork attire including, onesies, pigtails, pig ears, or pink clothing may be adorned in their running efforts.
The Pork Run Against Hunger campaign will continue to accept donations through the end of October. It hopes to provide nutritious high-quality food for thousands of Iowans. To donate to the Pork Run Against Hunger Campaign, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/6hxyq-hunger-fight.