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Indiana pork producers donate 3,300 pounds to food banks

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Partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and Indiana’s State Association of Food Banks, Indiana Pork producers are giving back this holiday season by donating 3,300 pounds of ground pork to food banks across the state.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Indiana’s Pork producers and their commitment to providing Hoosiers at risk of hunger with Indiana raised pork. Donating ground pork to our food banks helps clients eat healthier and access a nutritious protein source that is often difficult for them to afford,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.

The pork donation was made possible in part from a grant received from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. ISDA awarded Indiana Pork a grant to promote the Indiana Pork tents at the 2016 Indiana State Fair. For each pork meal upgrade purchased, Indiana Pork donated one ground pork meal to FIsH. Fairgoers showed their love of the Indiana Pork tents during the State Fair and helped make it possible for Indiana’s 3,000 family-owned hog farms to donate 3,300 pounds of ground pork, feeding an estimated 13,173 Hoosiers.

“The entire year, but especially during the Christmas season, Hoosiers are compassionate to the hunger issue around the state. Indiana’s hog farmers feel privileged to help provide to those around the state who may be struggling a bit this holiday,” said Jeanette Merritt, director of checkoff programs at Indiana Pork.

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