Iowa ham shipped to charities for Outback Bowl bet

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

IOWA FALLS, Iowa - The Iowa Hawkeyes’ loss in the 2014 Outback Bowl against the Louisiana State University Tigers is a win for the hungry in Iowa and Louisiana thanks to a friendly wager between Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Each governor pledged to send 200 pounds of his state’s quintessential food - Iowa pork and Louisiana seafood - to charities in both states if his team lost.

After the Hawkeyes lost 21-14 to LSU the Deb and Jeff Hansen Iowa Select Farms Foundation delivered 100 pounds of ham to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines and packed 100 pounds of ham in coolers to ship to a soup kitchen in Louisiana.

The coolers, festooned with Hawkeye stickers, were addressed Jindal and Grace Place Ministries in Monroe.

“To get a food donation of this size is truly a blessing because we serve 3,000 meals a month and the need keeps growing,” said Rhonda Grace, founder and CEO of faith-based Grace Place Ministries. “If we cut up the 100 pounds of ham and serve it with red beans and rice, we can provide about 400 meals, maybe more.”