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First Farmers Bank & Trust Donates to Million Meals Program

Governor Eric Holcomb joined employees of First Farmers Bank and Trust and Indiana Pork farmers to present a $10,000 check to the Million Meals program through Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.

Indiana Pork’s Million Meals program received a boost thanks to a $10,000 donation by First Farmers Bank & Trust, headquartered in Converse, IN, during the Ham Breakfast held opening morning of the Indiana State Fair on August 3. Since its inception in 2009, the Million Meals program has provided more than one million ground pork meals to Hoosiers in need through a partnership with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, an association representing Indiana’s food banks.

“As the largest agricultural bank east of the Mississippi River, First Farmers Bank & Trust is focused on production agriculture as it is the backbone of our business and the great state of Indiana. We feel the Million Meals program is a tremendous way to honor our farmers and employees by sharing the blessings of agriculture with the less fortunate in our communities,” said Jeff Rodibaugh, Vice President Commercial Production Manager, First Farmers Bank & Trust.

The Million Meals program is truly an Indiana effort with the pork provided by Indiana Packer’s Corporation in Delphi and the processing at McFarling Foods in Indianapolis. The ground pork is distributed among Feeding Indiana’s Hungry member food banks throughout the state.

“We are very thankful to First Farmers Bank & Trust for their generous donation. The Million Meals program continues to be a wonderful partnership for our association, Indiana Pork and the generous contributors that make it happen,” said Emily Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.

Indiana Farmers Humbly Helping Neighbors

Indiana farmers are doing their part to help keep people from going hungry during the holidays. Credit: pippalou/morguefile

Indiana farmers are doing their part to help keep people from going hungry during the holidays. Credit: pippalou/morguefile

November 25, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – A big Thanksgiving dinner isn’t always possible for the one in six Indiana residents who struggle with hunger. Farmers around the state are doing their part to help keep Hoosiers from going hungry during the holidays and year-round.

Indiana is home to nearly 60,000 farms, and Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, said that every producer she has met is providing for the less fortunate.

“When I explain what our organization does and what food banks do, and how many Hoosiers we’re feeding,” she said, “it’s just heartwarming that, two to one, they’re working to do something to help people who are at risk of hunger.”

The state’s network of food pantries and meal service programs provide food for slightly more than 1 million people each year. Feeding Indiana’s Hungry works with farm organizations including the Indiana Pork Producers, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana’s Family of Farmers and the Indiana Vegetable Growers’ Association to distribute donations.

Mike Smolek, who raises pigs in White County and donates meat from about 30 animals each year to a local food pantry, said he feels that farmers typically are not looking for recognition.

“We were raised humbly,” he said. “We do a lot of stuff without the publicity because we see that it needs to be done, and there’s not a farm or person I know that’s involved with agriculture that would not help out somebody in any given situation.”

Weikert Bryant said it isn’t just the big operations that are helping their neighbors.

“I was speaking with a couple from Northeast Indiana who grow a couple of acres of sweet corn,” she said. “If someone is in need of food assistance, the township trustee sends them to their couple of acres of sweet corn to glean what their family can use. So, farmers are not just feeding those of us who can afford it, they’re feeding everyone.”

While the holidays are a time when people often focus on the hungry, she urged year-round involvement – by donating food or volunteering at a local after-school program or food pantry.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service – IN

FIsH, Gleaners thank Indiana Pork for Another Delivery for Million Meals

As the holidays and the economy conspire to drive the need for emergency food assistance, Gleaners is struggling to meet the needs of local families. Holiday meals with candles are a pretty vision, but not the reality for thousands of hungry Hoosiers.

Right now Gleaners is struggling to keep up with its charities requests for more food. That’s why donations, like the one being made by the Indiana Pork Producers, are critical at this time.

Indiana Pork, in partnership with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc., and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, recently donated 5,000 pounds of ground pork to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. The donation is part of approximately 250,000 pounds of pork earmarked for Indiana through an ongoing campaign for Indiana pork producers and industry partners to fund a program to donate pork products to Hoosiers experiencing hunger.

This Million Meals Program is designed to help thousands of Hoosier families with one of their most essential needs – high quality protein. The lofty goal of the campaign is to provide one million ground pork meals per year, throughout the year, to those in need. These pork meals will be distributed statewide through the ten food bank members of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc., Indiana’s statewide network of food banks.

“Indiana donations of pork products have been in place for decades, however, this is the first time the Indiana pork industry is tackling the problem of hunger on a coordinated statewide basis,” said Randy Curless, Indiana Pork President.

The program was formally announced at the Indiana State Fair this summer. “Indiana is blessed with a rich and abundant agricultural economy. There’s no reason anyone in our state should go without a meal,” says Michael Platt, Executive Director of Indiana Pork. “We’re encouraging all of our partners in agriculture to join us to help make Indiana the first hunger free state in the nation.”

For more information or to donate to Million Meals, please visit the website of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.

Million Meals Delivers 5,000 Pounds to Northeast IN

Indiana Pork, in partnership with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc., donated 5,000 pounds of ground pork to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana today.

It is the first delivery of approximately 90,000 pounds of pork earmarked for northeast Indiana. The pork donation is the beginning of a bold, ambitious and ongoing campaign for Indiana pork producers, industry partners, friends and the general public to fund a program to donate pork products to Hoosiers experiencing hunger.

This initiative is designed to help thousands of Hoosier families with one of their most essential needs – high quality protein.

The lofty goal of the campaign is to provide one million ground pork meals per year, throughout the year, to those in need. These pork meals will be distributed statewide through the nine food bank members of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc., Indiana’s statewide network of food banks.

“Indiana pork producers saw the need in the state and they came to us with a plan to provide one million pork meals per year. This isn’t a one-time commitment. They want us to rely on them for a significant donation of pork every year!” said Jane Avery, Community Harvest Food Bank Executive Director. “They’ve always been generous but this really couldn’t have come at a better time for us. 90,000 pounds of pork will go a long way towards helping our hungry neighbors in northeast Indiana as we head into the winter heating months especially. We couldn’t be prouder of our association with Indiana Pork.”

“Indiana donations of pork products have been in place for decades, however, this is the first time the Indiana pork industry is tackling the problem of hunger on a coordinated statewide basis,” said Randy Curless, Indiana Pork President.

The program was formally announced at the Indiana State Fair this summer. “Indiana is blessed with a rich and abundant agricultural economy. There’s no reason anyone in our state should go without a meal,” says Michael Platt, Executive Director of Indiana Pork. “We’re encouraging all of our partners in agriculture to join us to help make Indiana the first hunger free state in the nation.”

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IN Pork and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry Hit the Airwaves

Million Meals Program Kicking Off

The Indiana Daily Student talked to IN Pork, Hoosier Hills Food Bank director Julio Alonso, and Emily Bryant from Feeding Indiana’s Hungry about the generous efforts of IN Pork to donate 0ne million pork meals to Hoosiers in need. Check out the story here: http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=69309