Local News / November 25, 2013

Poultry Donation Helps Feed Hungry Hoosiers

Sam Klemet
Poultry Donation Helps Feed Hungry Hoosiers

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Indiana State Poultry Association is donating to those in need.

On the third floor of the statehouse, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman accepted the organization’s donation of more than 230,000 pounds of poultry.

It will be given to food banks across the state and Ellsperman says the contribution represents the spirit of the holiday.

"It reminds us that we all need to be aware of the needs of those less fortunate than us and look for ways we can serve them," said Ellsperman.  "Certainly, this is a tremendous example."

The USDA reports that about 16 percent of Hoosiers are food insecure and nearly 120,000 receive emergency food assistance each week.

Executive Vice President Paul Brennan says the holiday contribution is just part of the association’s commitment to feeding the hungry.

"I am so proud of the fact that the industry comes out and supports this," he said. "For many of them, it's just their standing order. Whenever they need something, just give them a call. So, you've got to appreciate that."