Thursday, July 25, 2013

Feed the Hungry and Your Family!

Indiana’s Family of Farmers Recipe Trail offers daily giveaways and a chance to give back

INDIANAPOLIS (July 25, 2013) — 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 on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.  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,


For more information contact:
Mindy Reef
Indiana Farm Bureau
317-692-7822 or 765-426-1498

The rules for the Recipe Trail contest, Aug. 2-18:
·         Start at any location and travel to the 10 destinations to collect recipe cards.
·         Visit the IFoF booth in the DuPont Food Pavilion with your recipes to pick up your prize, be counted as a food donor and sign up for prizes.
·         Winners of the daily giveaway are selected by a random drawing at the close of each day of the fair.
·         One winner of the chest freezer will be selected by a random drawing on the last day of the fair.
·         Winners will be notified by email or phone.

About Indiana’s Family of Farmers
Indiana’s Family of Farmers was formed in 2009 to raise awareness that Indiana’s farmers are among the top producers of grains, produce and meats you eat every day.  We believe that quality farming means quality food that is good for you, your families and the environment. That’s our promise: Food for your family, from our family. 

The participating Indiana’s Family of Farmers groups include the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Pork Producers, Indiana Beef Council, Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana State Poultry Association, Indiana Wines/Purdue Wine Grape Team,  Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, Indiana Beekeepers Association, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Indiana 4-H Foundation, Inc., Indiana State Board of Animal Health, Purdue Agriculture and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Learn more at

Other Information:
Indiana’s Family of Farmers

Feeding Indiana’s Hungry

Habitat for Humanity

About Feeding Indiana’s Hungry
Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. 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. For more information on Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. contact Emily Weikert Bryant at 317/396-9355 or, or view our website 

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

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