More than 32,200 people receive emergency food each year through Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank.
Children and seniors who are the most vulnerable in our communities make up 45 percent of those served within Clay, Greene, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.
Indiana Pork, in partnership with Feeding Indiana's Hungry, Inc. (FIsH), and the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA), will be donating 7,500 pounds of ground pork to Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank, Friday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m.
The donation is part of approximately 250,000 pounds of pork earmarked for Indiana through an ongoing campaign for Indiana pork producers and industry partners to fund a program to donate pork products to Hoosiers experiencing hunger.
The Million Meals program is designed to help thousands of Hoosier families with one of their most essential needs -- high quality protein.
The lofty goal of the campaign is to provide one million ground pork meals per year, throughout the year, to those in need.
These pork meals will be distributed statewide through the nine food bank members of Feeding Indiana's Hungry, Inc., Indiana's statewide network of food banks.
"Indiana donations of pork products have been in place for decades, however, this is the first time the Indiana pork industry is tackling the problem of hunger on a coordinated statewide basis," Indiana Pork President Mark York said. "We are excited about the partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance on this particular donation as it highlights the important connection between Indiana's livestock and grain farmers."
"Indiana soybean farmers are committed not only to our partners in the livestock industry, but also the citizen's of our state. By donating to the Million Meals campaign, we are able to support our hog farmers as well as provide an essential nutritional need for our food banks," ISA director and Terre Haute soybean farmer Brad Burbrink said.
"Protein is probably the most expensive item and represents a significant component in a well-balanced meal. This is a very meaningful donation for our agencies and clients," Agency Director for Catholic Charities Terre Haute and President of Feeding Indiana's Hungry, Inc., John Etling said.