A box of kindness

Darren Dies
Darren Dies, owner of WG Provisions, holds a Farmers to Families Food Box in front of his company's plant in Jewell. Ames-based WG Provisions is supplying cooked pork for the U.S. Department of Agriculture program, which is designed to help food insecure families during the COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO BY GARY FANDEL
WG Provisions in Jewell adjusts to new market demands by supplying food pantries and selling online "hot beef sundae" kits.

For WG Provisions, an Ames-based specialty meat processor, 2020 has been a lot like a white-knuckle roller coaster ride.

This spring, the company was forced to temporarily shut down its meat processing plants in Sidney and Jewell when the COVID-19 crisis collapsed the demand from food service customers. But through innovation and persistence, the company has restarted operations and is back doing what it does best: providing a critical market outlet for Iowa livestock farmers and tasty, locally sourced smoked meats and other products for consumers.
WG Provisions, which employs 55 people, is also playing a key part in state and national efforts to provide high-quality meat protein to food insecure families during the...

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