May 21, 2024

200,000 pounds of poultry donated

Poultry farmers give back

Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Don Lamb and the Indiana State Poultry Association recognized the generosity of Indiana’s poultry producers at the 76th annual Governor’s Poultry Presentation at the Indiana Statehouse.

INDIANAPOLIS — In 2023, Indiana poultry farmers and businesses donated 200,000 pounds of duck, turkey and chicken and 172,000 dozen eggs to Hoosiers in need.

Indiana farmers and businesses also donated $340,000 to organizations fighting food insecurity this year.

“Hoosier generosity is second to none, and our poultry producers are always quick to assist their neighbors,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb. “It was an honor to be a part of this annual donation event and to recognize these outstanding businesses going above and beyond in their communities.”

Poultry farmers have donated to local community food banks for decades in an effort to address food insecurity.

During a celebration ceremony at the Statehouse, leaders applauded their donations and celebrated the strength of Indiana’s poultry industry.

Indiana ranks No. 1 in duck production, No. 2 in egg production and No. 4 in turkey production and is home to high-quality broiler chicken production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The poultry industry contributes more than $15 billion in total economic activity and employs more than 12,500 Hoosiers.

“Indiana’s poultry farmers show their care and concern for the communities within which they operate and to all Hoosiers through their generous donations,” said Becky Joniskan, president of the Indiana State Poultry Association.

“Whether through direct financial contributions or donations of eggs, duck, turkey, or chicken products, they model the spirit of giving throughout the year and especially at Thanksgiving.”

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor