Indiana's Family of Farmers is back with a fun challenge for Indiana State Fair attendees, while also giving them a chance to help feed the hungry.
For each fairgoer who finishes the IFoF Recipe Trail, one pound of food is donated to food banks across the state through a partnership between IFoF and Feeding Indiana's Hungry.
Recipe trail travelers helped donate more than 3,500 pounds of food last year. This year's goal is 4,000 pounds, or 4,000 recipe trail travelers.
"One in six Hoosiers is at risk of hunger, and for children the numbers are just one in every four that does not know from where their next meal will come," said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry.
"Our member food banks distribute millions of pounds of food across the state, and we are truly grateful for the help of Indiana's farmers who not just grow and raise the food we eat, but are generous in sharing their harvests with our food banks and our neighbors in need," she said.
Participants collect recipe cards from the 10 locations around the fairgrounds and bring them to the IFoF booth at the DuPont Food Pavilion where they will receive a prize for participating and get counted as a donor of a pound of food. The booth also features a chance to register for a daily giveaway and the grand prize of a chest freezer.
Following are the 10 recipe card locations:
• Exposition Hall (Rose Acres Booth) – Indiana Poultry, Maple Leaf Farms
• DuPont Food Pavilion
• Indiana Wine Grape Council, New Day Craft
• Indiana Dairy, Carterly Farms
• Purdue Extension, Bechman Family Sheep Farm
• Indiana Beef, The Martin Family Farm
• Habitat for Humanity Ag House – Indiana Corn, Hayhurst Family Farm
• Indiana Farm Bureau Building – Produce, Tuttle Orchards
• Glass Barn – Indiana Soybean, Rodibaugh Family Farm
• Normandy Barn – Indiana Pork, Watson Family Farm
• Pathway to Water Quality – Beef, Hog, Grain, Shuter Family Farm
The final stop/recipe redemption point is the IFOF booth at DuPont Food Pavilion.
The IFoF recipe cards feature recipes from real farmers around Indiana and highlight Indiana's commodities such as pork, beef, poultry, soybeans, corn and dairy along with an Indiana wine pairing. On the reverse side, fairgoers will meet the farmer and read a personal story from his or her family.
IFOF is proud to be part of the DuPont Food Pavilion all 17 days of the Indiana State Fair.
IFoF is also partnering with Habitat for Humanity. The Habitat home build on the state fairgrounds will be a stop on this year's trail. As part of our partnership, Indiana's Family of Farmers will donate a freezer and food donations to fill the freezer to the new homeowner.