Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 Indiana State Fair Day Three

Nora will use this blog to chronicle her daily adventures at the Indiana State Fair. 

I love it when all of my worlds collide, and today was one of those days.

Today is Elanco Day at the Indiana State Fair. Elanco is working to fight to end hunger in Indiana. They invited the agencies who are working on hunger issues to set up a table at the Fair to tell their stories to the thousands of people that were visiting the State Fair.

I am the Director of Programs at Second Helpings, a food rescue, hunger relief and culinary job-training nonprofit agency. Really amazing things happen in our community every single day. Second Helpings prepares and delivers 2900 meals every day, at no cost, to fifty other social service agencies. We have a free ten-week culinary job-training class for unemployed adults.

I'm very proud of the partnership we have with the 4-H organization. This is the second year that we have picked up the vegetables exhibited by the county champion 4-H projects. In the past the vegetables were on display throughout the duration of the Fair. As you can imagine, the green beans and beets and tomatoes were looking weary, if not down right scary by the end of the Fair. Now the veggies are turned in to nutritious meals for the hungry folks in our State.

This year we picked up 1200 pounds of vegetables that were grown in all 92 Indiana counties. My heart swells at the thought that thousands of people are eating better thanks to the hard work of the 4-H kids in our State.

I'll admit that I popped a cherry tomato in my mouth when the veggies got to Second Helpings. It was championship good!

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