200,000 pounds of poultry donated – AgriNews

INDIANAPOLIS – Poultry farmers donated nearly 100 tonnes, or 200,000 pounds, of poultry products to needy Hoosiers this year.

Some of the donated products include eggs, chicken, duck and turkey. A ceremony was held at the Statehouse to celebrate the donations.

“Indiana’s agriculture industry has a significant economic impact statewide, nationally and around the world and this is in part due to Hoosier poultry producers,” Governor Eric Holcomb said.

“As we move into the holiday season, let’s all acknowledge the contributions of Hoosier farmers in making sure our plates are stocked with a variety of nutritious foods and, of course, all of our favorite seasonal treats. “

The poultry industry is an important economic engine for the state, contributing more than $ 12 billion to total economic activity. The industry employs over 12,000 Hoosiers.

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Indiana ranks No.1 for duck production, No.2 for egg production, No.4 for turkey production, and is also home to a production of high quality broiler chicken.

“Each year, I look forward to celebrating and honoring the generosity of our Hoosier poultry producers,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “There is nothing more heartwarming than Hoosiers helping Hoosiers, especially during the holiday season. “

In the past 12 months, members have contributed more than 7 million eggs to their local communities, according to Becky Joniskan, president of the Indiana State Poultry Association.

“I am very grateful to work alongside exceptional poultry producers and processors who keep the safety of their products and their responsibilities to their communities in mind,” said Joniskan.

ISDA leaders also visited the Hoosier Hills Food Bank to volunteer and learn about the organization’s community impact.

Hoosier Hills received $ 43,900 in annual funding from the ISDA Food Bank. The funds helped the food bank purchase approximately 73,000 pounds of food and provided 61,000 meals in Brown, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen counties.

According to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, nearly 1.2 million Hoosiers were food insecure at the height of the pandemic. For children, the risk was even higher, with one in four children at risk of going hungry.

For those who wish to give back, the food bank needs volunteers and accepts donations.

Donation wish list

• Financial donations.

• Food donations: canned green beans, sweet potatoes, corn, sauce, dressing / stuffing, cornbread mix, frozen hams and turkeys, beans, dried peppers, canned meat and canned vegetables.

Food donations must be closed and meet the expiration date. Perishable items, such as fresh produce, turkeys and hams, are also accepted.

“Food banks and pantries rely heavily on volunteers, and I encourage others to look for opportunities in their local food banks or pantries and lend a helping hand this holiday season,” said Bruce Kettler. , director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture.

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