Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 27, 2013

State Fairgoers can Help Feed the Hungry


Greensburg Daily News

---- — INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFoF) will again offer a fun challenge for Indiana State Fair attendees this year, while also giving them a chance to help feed the hungry.

For each fairgoer who finishes the IFoF Recipe Trail, one pound of food is donated to food banks across the state through a partnership between IFoF and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. Recipe trail travelers helped donate more than 3,000 pounds of food last year. This year’s goal is 3,500 pounds, or 3,500 recipe trail travelers.

“One in six Hoosiers is at risk of hunger, and for children the numbers are just one in every four that does not know from where their next meal will come,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. “Our member food banks distribute millions of pounds of food across the state, and we are truly grateful for the help of Indiana’s farmers who not just grow and raise the food we eat, but are generous in sharing their harvests with our food banks and our neighbors in need.”

Participants collect recipe cards from the 10 locations around the fairgrounds and bring them to the IFoF booth at the DuPont Food Pavilion where they will receive a prize for participating and get counted as a donor of a pound of food. The booth also features a chance to register for a daily popcorn giveaway and the grand prize of a chest freezer.

Following are the 10 recipe card locations: Exposition Hall (Rose Acre Farms, booths 526 & 527 on the southwest side of the building); Ball State Ag/Hort Building (World’s Largest Popcorn Ball); DuPont Food Pavilion (3 stops: Indiana Wines/Purdue Wine Grape Team, Indiana Dairy, Purdue); Habitat for Humanity Ag House; Indiana Farm Bureau Building; Glass Barn; Normandy Barn; Pathway to Water Quality; Final stop/recipe redemption point: IFoF booth at DuPont food pavilion.

The IFoF recipe cards feature recipes from real farmers around Indiana and highlight Indiana’s commodities such as pork, beef, poultry, soybeans, corn and dairy along with an Indiana wine pairing. On the reverse side, fairgoers will meet the farmer and read a personal story from his or her family.

IFoF is proud to be part of the Dupont Food Pavilion all 17 days of the Indiana State Fair. Along with the recipe trail, different agricultural groups will be featured and provide food samples at the IFoF booth.

IFoF is also partnering with Habitat for Humanity. The Habitat home build on the state fairgrounds will be a stop on this year’s trail. As part of our partnership, Indiana’s Family of Farmers will donate a freezer and food donations to fill the freezer to the new homeowner.

The World’s Largest Popcorn Ball, a 5,000-pound, 9-foot popcorn delicacy sponsored by IFoF and featured at the Ball State Ag/Horticulture Building, will be unveiled at 10 a.m., Aug. 3. This will also be a stop on the 2013 IFoF recipe trail. After the fair, the popcorn will be fed to Indiana livestock.

To learn more about Indiana’s Family of Farmers and our activities at this year’s Indiana State Fair, visit www.indianafamilyoffarmers.com.

– Daily News