From one essential worker to another, Iowa corn farmers provided a meal as a token of their appreciation to front-line health care professionals across the state last week.
Members of the Iowa Corn Growers Association donned facemasks to deliver the meals. Iowa Corn partnered with Casey’s General Stores and Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. to provide and personally deliver 1,500 Casey’s pizzas and 12 packs of Coke products to well over 100 hospitals in local Iowa communities, including 14 hospitals across 12 counties in crop reporting District 4.
“Iowa Corn farmers say thank you, and we are stronger together in these difficult times,” says Iowa Corn Promotion Board President Roger Zylstra, a farmer from Sully in southeast Iowa. “As the health care professionals are relentlessly keeping us and our families safe, Iowa’s corn farmers and livestock producers are working hard to continue to provide a safe, secure food system.”
Food products made from corn
There are over 4,000 products made from corn, many of which are included in Casey’s pizza and Atlantic Bottling’s Coke products.
“Casey’s is proud to partner with Iowa Corn farmers and Atlantic Bottling to say thanks to health care workers. Now more than ever, we all appreciate and applaud the courage of these workers who are serving our communities,” says Katie Petru, director of communications for Casey’s General Stores.
“Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is an Iowa company proud to partner with Iowa Corn and Casey’s supporting our medical professionals and emergency personnel in the local communities where we live, work and play,” says John Otterbeck, chief marketing officer for Atlantic Bottling. “We understand this is not an easy time for many, but Iowans are resilient and together we are stronger.”
To further educate Iowa’s health care professionals, each pizza box was outfitted with an information flyer about how corn grows Iowa. It also included some fun facts about Casey’s pizza and the 4,000 products made from corn.
Did you know Casey’s most popular pizza topping is pepperoni, made from a blend of corn-fed beef and pork? The information effort also highlighted the #StrongTogether social media campaign, created to encourage all agriculture sectors to support each other. “And as the message grows, it has transformed into a movement for all of Iowa to support one another,” Zylstra says.
Iowa Corn farmers and staff of ICPB delivered pizzas to the District 4 hospitals, which include: Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon County, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Calhoun County, St. Anthony’s Regional Hospital and Manning Regional Healthcare in Carroll County, Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Crawford County, Greene County Medical Center in Greene County, Guthrie County Hospital in Guthrie County, Alegent Health Community Hospital in Harrison County, Burgess Memorial Hospital in Monona County, Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida County, Loring Hospital in Sac County, Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Shelby County, UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s and Mercy Medical Center in Woodbury County.