For some Iowans, the decision to serve their family real meat is based on its unique ability to strengthen their immune systems, and for others, it’s the nutritional value and health benefits found exclusively in animal protein. There are many reasons Iowans flock to the meat case, and now 106 lucky winners from each of Fareway’s Iowa locations will receive a $200 gift card for meat from the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Fill Your Freezer” contest.

The month-long contest was part of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) Real Farmers. Real Food. Real Meat. initiative, which showcases the nutritional benefits of meat and the innovation of Iowa livestock farmers who raise it. 

The 2020 Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index® shows that 95 percent of Iowa households eat meat at least weekly and 96 percent consume dairy at least weekly, while 9 in 10 see animal-based proteins such as milk (91 percent) and meat (90 percent) as healthy options.  During a time of heightened awareness of health and wellbeing, the survey revealed that nearly 9 in 10 Iowa grocery shoppers (87 percent) are likely to purchase food based on its ability to strengthen their immune systems. The survey also found that 70 percent of Iowa grocery shoppers say they are likely to increase their consumption of meat and poultry upon learning that zinc helps immune systems function properly and that meat and poultry provide the majority of the zinc in Americans’ diets.   

“Iowa farmers strive to provide consumers with a variety of real animal protein options that are not only healthy and fit into a variety of budgets, but are also sustainable,” said Craig Hill, IFBF president. “In fact, the U.S. is the world leader in sustainable livestock production. All of agriculture accounts for around 10 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By contrast, transportation accounts for 28 percent of GHG emissions and electricity accounts for nearly 27 percent. With technology available today, agriculture is on a trajectory to reduce its GHG emissions by 50 percent.”

Iowa Farm Bureau/Fareway “Fill Your Freezer” Contest Winners  

Store City First Name Last Name
Adel Amy Orban
Algona Brian Kelley
Altoona Kathy Kane
Ames Brooke Shea
Ames Jennifer Markey
Ames Bertha Scallon
Anamosa Nancy Barnes
Ankeny Chad Hare
Ankeny Ramona Linville
Atlantic Sheryl Buroughs
Belmond Edith Hodgell
Bettendorf Kathleen Goetsch
Boone Randi Myer
Burlington Jerry Menke
Carlisle Moe Kauklarich
Carroll Nancy Lemker
Cedar Falls Michael Twente
Cedar Falls Dallas Harken
Cedar Rapids Nicole Shimek
Cedar Rapids Michal Malone
Centerville Shannon Gooden
Charles City Bonnie Nicholson
Cherokee Flo Jensen
Clarinda Jackie Meier
Clear Lake Kenneth Peterson
Clinton David Haiar
Clive Kelsi Rempe
Council Bluffs Renee Anderson
Cresco Kindl Holthaus
Creston Karen Jones
Davenport Tracy McNealey
Decorah Tracy Grimes
Denison Shari Clausen
Des Moines Jason Ashby
Des Moines Susan Westphal
Dubuque Tom Richard
Dyersville Jason Heisler
Eagle Grove Blake Olson
Eldora Monica Ridout
Emmetsburg Lisa Harris
Estherville Carol Swartz
Evansdale Judi Brackin
Fort Dodge Robin Newell
Fort Madison Susan K Beach
Greenfield Kim Bakerink
Grimes Heath Galvin
Grinnell Betty York
Hampton Keith Peters
Harlan Sharon Gross
Hiawatha Erin Bruner
Humboldt Kaycee Curry
Huxley Randy Jutting
Independence Diane Bellendier
Indianola Lisa Shaffer
Iowa City Elwyn Pearson
Iowa City Cindy Parks
Iowa Falls Mary Stover
Jefferson Marianne Carlson
Johnston Robyn Smith
Knoxville Erin Payne
Le Mars Duane Wilson
Manchester Charles Jones
Maquoketa Cheryl Neilson
Marion Rhonda Hibben-Ginther
Marshalltown Dave McReynolds
Mason City Emily Dierks
Monticello Michelle Bovee
Muscatine Robert Doerres
Nevada Natalie Hein
New Hampton Gina Schumacher
Newton Lila Davis
North Liberty Leigh Weber
Norwalk Robert Condon
Oelwein Jennice Beatty
Orange City Jade Cade
Osceola Ronda Wishon
Oskaloosa Travis Dobbins
Ottumwa Saleena Ayres
Pella Dawn Vanhaaften
Peosta Jayme Honkomp
Perry Susan Whiton
Pleasant Hill Jody Borton
Polk City Diane Hammond
Red Oak Kaitlin Suchting
Sergeant Bluff Kathan Jager
Sheldon Loren Luitjens
Shenandoah Jeremy Christiansen
Sioux Center Kirk Walters
Sioux City Phyllis Christiansen
Sioux City Robyn Banks
Sioux City Sydney Twohig
Spencer Bonnie Beaton
Spirit Lake Greg Stafford
Storm Lake Edwin Morales
Tiffin Stacie Kempf
Toledo Shawn Roberts
Urbandale Priscilla Zenor
Vinton Amy Leroy
Washington Susan Pfannebecker
Waterloo David Conrad
Waukee Scott Kees
Waukon Dustin Egan
Waverly Barb Hoodjer
Webster City Harold Summers
West Des Moines Jerry Bush
Winterset Heidi Bindel