Wednesday, September 12, 2012

State Fair Recipe Trail Results in Donation to Indiana’s Hungry

Thanks to the more than 3,000 visitors who completed the Recipe Trail at this year’s Indiana State Fair, Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFoF) will donate 3,132 pounds of food to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH).  The cash equivalent of $5,199.12 will be used to purchase food – enough for 2,610 meals – to feed Hoosier families. 

“Indiana’s Family of Farmers is a valuable partner in FIsH’s mission of feeding those in need,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.  “At a time when one is six Hoosiers is at risk of hunger, and the number of Indiana children is as high as one in four, the assistance of Indiana’s agricultural community is crucial in getting food from the farm to the tables of those most in need of assistance.”

This donation was made possible through the IFoF Recipe Trail at the Indiana State Fair in August where fairgoers picked up recipes in eight locations around the fairgrounds.  For every person who went through the trail, one pound of food was committed to FIsH and its 11 member food banks around Indiana. 
This year, 3,132 people completed the trail. The Feeding America network values donated poundage at $1.66 per pound, equating to a total donation of $5,199.12.  The agriculture coalition plans to continue the recipe trail during the 2013 State Fair.

“The recipe trail is a win-win for those who participate,” said Kevin Wilson, a farmer from Walton, Ind. and president of Indiana Soybean Alliance, an IFoF partner.  “Fairgoers really enjoyed the recipe hunt and were excited to know their efforts would result in food for their neighbors.”
“What Indiana’s Family of Farmers does best is grow safe, nutritious food, so what better way to help than to do what we can to feed families in need,” Wilson added.

Feeding Indiana's Hungry (FIsH) is the statewide association of Feeding America affiliated food banks (formerly America’s Second Harvest).  Our eleven member food banks serve more than 1,700 agencies in all 92 counties, providing emergency food assistance to Hoosiers in need.
Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. food banks statewide include:
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Gary
Food Bank of Northern Indiana, South Bend
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., Lafayette
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Ft. Wayne
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Inc., Muncie
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis
Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, Terre Haute
Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Bloomington
Tri-State Food Bank, Inc., Evansville
Dare to Care Food Bank, Louisville, KY
Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati, OH
For more information on Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc., visit

Friday, September 7, 2012

Crock Pot Table Talk

Summer is coming to a close and school is back in full swing. This means a more hectic schedule for many. There is homework to complete, practices to attend and games to cheer on your athlete at on top of everything else on your plate.

The evening meal is an important one. If you are fortunate enough to be able to eat it together, you still have to have time to make it. If schedules do not allow for everyone to be at the table at the same time, you need something that will work for everyone at the time they can eat. Whether you are a meal planner or not, our Table Talk Contributors are here to help you figure out how to feed your family on a tight schedule.

Ann-Marie from Chaos is Bliss shares what her "New Normal" is now that the kids are back in school as well as her Slow Cooker Chicken & Noodles recipe.

Over at Angel's Homestead, April shows us how to make Crock Pot Roast Chicken. She also tells us of the many benefits of using a crock pot for preparing a meal.

Chicken Curry with Chick Peas is what's on the menu at Katy's house from Indianapolis with Kids. Katy also clues us in on how even someone who isn't an organized food planner can make meal time easy with a slow cooker.

Heather, the one and only Basilmomma, gives us tips on packing lunches, healthy snacking and dinner in a snap. We also learn the secret to her yummy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken.

Are you in the mood for some mouth watering ribs? Check out WritRam to see Jacqueline's Easy Crock Pot Barbecued Baby Back Ribs.

Whatever the reason for the fast paced schedule in your life, these recipes are sure to give you a delicious meal that is low maintenance and easy clean up! Now that is something that everyone can appreciate.