December 02, 2023

Turkey, ham donated for the holidays

Paying it forward with pork

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s pork and poultry associations donated ham and turkey this fall, showing the generosity of the state’s farmers.

Alongside Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Pork donated nearly 400 large hams to Gleaners Food Bank, which were immediately distributed in its mobile pantry.

Indiana Pork joined the National Pork Producers Council’s “Give-A-Ham” challenge — a national social media campaign encouraging pig farmers and others to donate pork to organizations serving the food insecure.

“With so many Americans still struggling with the effect of COVID and financial challenges, this year’s ‘Give-A-Ham’ challenge takes on special meaning,” said Brian Martin, president of the Indiana Pork Board of Directors.

“Giving back to our communities is a core value of hog farmers nationwide. It’s gratifying to come together as an industry this time of year to serve those in need.”

Individuals are encouraged to join this challenge and give a ham to their favorite charity, food bank, or a neighbor in need.

Participants can share their donation stories on social media using the #GiveAHam and #poundsofpork hashtags.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor