INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana State Poultry Association donated 131,000 pounds of turkey, chicken, eggs and duck to Gov. Mike Pence Monday for distribution to the one in six Hoosiers unable to afford their next meal.
The 65 tons of poultry products will be delivered to food banks in Northwest Indiana and elsewhere over the next few weeks, continuing a 67-year state poultry industry tradition.
"Every year it makes me very proud to represent the poultry industry, particularly in events like this, where you're giving such a fabulous donation to Hoosiers who need it," said Paul Brennan, executive vice president of the poultry group.
The Republican governor said he was proud to accept "65 tons of generosity" that embody the spirit of the holidays.
"In Indiana, this is a season of Thanksgiving and of giving, and the poultry association is proving the heart of the people of Indiana once again," Pence said. "The importance of helping our fellow Hoosiers cannot be overstated; this is a challenging time for too many in the Hoosier State."
An estimated 1.1 million Hoosiers regularly turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, according to an October study by Feeding Indiana's Hungry.
The governor and First Lady Karen Pence, like many Hoosiers away from home or forced to work Thanksgiving this year, will be revising their holiday traditions Thursday at the governor's brother's house in Columbus.
"It's usually been our Thanksgiving holiday where we huddle together with our three kids," Pence said. "But we've got kids off in directions east and west in their collegiate careers, so we'll be heading and gathering with family in my hometown."