Governor Mike Pence Monday accepted a donation from representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association of 130,000 pounds, or 65 tons, of Indiana poultry products for Hoosier food pantries. The donation took place during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse. Poultry producers will be delivering products to their local food pantries throughout the state over the next several weeks.
“As we near the holiday season, the importance of helping our fellow Hoosiers cannot be overstated,” said Governor Pence. “I commend the work of the Indiana State Poultry Association, whose generosity and compassion will help to combat hunger and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need across Indiana this Thanksgiving.”
In addition to the donation, members of the Indiana State Poultry Association presented the Governor with the State turkey, in appreciation of his continued support of Indiana agriculture.
Donations to food banks and other charities were made in part by Berne Hi-Way Hatchery, Creighton Brothers, Culver Duck, Farbest Foods, Hy-Line North America, Maple Leaf Farms, Midwest Poultry Services, Miller Poultry, Perdue Farms, Rose Acre Farms, Tyson Foods, and Wabash Valley Produce.
Indiana State Poultry Association’s Executive Vice President Paul Brennan noted, “Indiana’s poultry producers benefit the Hoosier economy and contribute to the state and their local communities through donations. This event alone has occurred for 67 consecutive years.”
The Indiana State Poultry Association is a member organization that represents more than 95 percent of the poultry producers in the state of Indiana. The poultry industry in Indiana contributes a total of more than $4.25 billion dollars annually to Indiana’s economy. Based on national rankings, Indiana is the number one duck-producing state, ranks 3rd in egg as well as turkey production, and raises millions of broiler chickens each year.