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AAMP Members Donate Meat Products to Lexington Food Bank

AAMP_ACMC Logo_RevisedELIZABETHTOWN, PA (July 26, 2017) – More Lexington, Kentucky families will enjoy nourishing meals this summer thanks to 740 pounds of meat donated last week to The Salvation Army Lexington by members of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP).

AAMP members donated bacons, hams, dried beef and smoked turkeys to the organization at the conclusion of the 2017 American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC), held July 20-22, in conjunction with the 78th Annual Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition. The ACMC is one of the largest cured meat competitions of its kind in North America.

AAMP coordinated efforts with Rock and Wrap it Up (RWU), a non-profit organization dedicated to arranging the recovery of leftover food from various events, to donate to the local food bank. Using RWU’s Whole Earth Calculator, the donation by the members of the AAMP translated to 617 meals and 402 pounds of CO2 not released into the atmosphere. RWU has recovered meats from the ACMC for the past five years.

Major Thomas Hinzman, area coordinator for The Salvation Army, Central Kentucky area, said, “We cannot thank the vendors enough for supplying us with such incredible food to serve the many women and children in our shelter. This meat will go a long way, as we are committed to serve three meals each day, totaling over 157,000 meals each year. Thank you for including us in your event in this special way.”

“The members of AAMP are conscious of the need in local communities to provide nutrient-rich foods – like meat products – to those struggling with hunger,” said Chris Young, AAMP executive director. “Meat is among one of the top requested food bank items. Therefore, we are proud to make a contribution to The Salvation Army of Lexington to bring servings of meat to families across the state of Kentucky this summer.

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The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) is North America’s largest meat trade organization. It is the mission of AAMP to provide quality service, knowledge through education, regulatory representation, and networking opportunities for our members.

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Quarles Named Keynote Speaker for AAMP Convention


Ryan F. Quarles has been selected as the keynote speaker for the 2017 AAMP Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, July 20-22. 

Ryan grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County, coming from a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years. Ryan completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2006.

In 2008, Harvard University awarded Ryan a full scholarship with the Zuckerman Fellows Program, which enabled him to continue his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School.

In 2009, he graduated from Harvard with a Master’s degree in higher education before moving back to Kentucky to finish his last year of law school. Ryan was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 2010, representing Scott, Owen, and Fayette counties.

Ryan served as vice-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and served on the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, the Tobacco Master Settlement Oversight Committee, and the Banking and Insurance Committee.

In 2015, Ryan was elected Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture. At 33, Commissioner Quarles is currently the youngest statewide elected official in the United States.