INDIANAPOLIS — With around 700,000 people in Indiana relying
on food from food banks every year, the need to feed those who are hungry is
This year, Hoosiers can help make a difference and, in
return, receive free tickets to the Indiana State Fair.
The state fair has partnered with Elanco, Indiana Farm
Bureau, the Indiana Association of Fairs and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to create
the new FAIRs Care program.
“The goal is to eliminate hunger in Indiana,” said Andy
Klotz, public relations director of the Indiana State Fair Commission. “That’s a
lofty goal, but we’re going to at least start chipping away at it. This is one
way we thought would chip away at the problem and provide more information to
empower others to do the same.”
Fairgoers can donate nonperishable foods or make a monetary
donation at any of the 15 county fairs participating in the program.
Anyone who gives at least $3 will receive two free tickets
to the state fair. The tickets are for any day of the state fair, Aug. 2-18,
while supplies last.
Klotz said that food and money donated at the county fairs
will stay in the same community to help those closest to home. The following
county fairs are participating in the program:
* Vermillion; and
“They don’t need to go to an event or a fair to donate to
their local food banks, but hopefully this will get people more aware of the
need that’s in their community,” Klotz said.
“We all enjoy going to the fair and finding that favorite
funnel cake or whatever you like to enjoy at the fair, so it’s easy to forget
that some people don’t have the means to have a regular meal every
Elanco Animal Health has been involved with food-security
efforts in Indiana for many years, but has specifically partnered with the state
fair for three summers.
“We see the great Indiana State Fair as a showcase on
agriculture and food,” said Ted McKinney, director of global public affairs at
Elanco Animal Health.
“The reach to both ag and non-ag audiences is
McKinney said that by 2050 the globe will need 70 percent
more food, and 70 percent of that must come from new technologies across the
“The state fair is a way for all of us to come together and
celebrate food, celebrate the importance of new technology,” he said.
On the last day of the state fair, Elanco and Indiana Farm
Bureau will award eight $500 awards to county fairs, at random, to promote
continuation of the food drives in 2014.