Giving back is a tradition that ISPA members celebrate year-round.
This year, more than 900,000 eggs and 150,000 pounds of meat and egg products were donated, said Paul Brennan, president of ISPA.
“I can’t express enough how generous our poultry industry is and how proud I am of the farmers and processors involved in this incredible organization,” Brennan said.
“They provide safe and healthy food options to consumers and continue to advance farm technology, all while donating products to countless Hoosiers throughout the year.”
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch led a ceremony at the Statehouse to celebrate the donation.
“It is an honor to recognize our Hoosier poultry farmers with this tradition, which goes back 72 years,” Crouch said.
“The products donated, not only today, but throughout the year, will go a long way in ensuring our Hoosiers in need have fresh and nutritious food to consume.”
Indiana is one of the top poultry-producing states in the United States.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Indiana ranks No. 1 in duck production, No. 2 in chicken and egg production and No. 4 in turkey production.
The poultry industry is a substantial economic driver for the state and contributes more than $12 billion in total economic activity.
The sector employs more than 12,000 Hoosiers.
“Our ag economy in Indiana would not be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of our poultry producers,” said Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
“They continue to increase economic value and expand the Hoosier supply chain, not only nationally, but globally, as well.”