Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

FAIRs Care
Awareness, caring and sharing

by Wendy Schrepferman

June 01, 2013

Letís face it, food is one of the primary reasons folks look forward to the summer fair season. As you prepare to enjoy this special tradition with your family, pause to consider your fellow Hoosiers struggling to put food on the table.

Nearly 700,000 Hoosiers, over 296,000 of which are children, receive emergency food support. These numbers do not include individuals without access to regular assistance.

The Indiana State Fair, Indiana Association of Fairs, Elanco, Indiana Farm Bureau and Feeding Indianaís Hungry have partnered to address the hunger needs in our state. The initiative, called FAIRs Care, hopes to raise awareness and prompt fair attendees to become a part of the solution. On Elanco Day, Sunday, August 4th, Indiana State Fair event staff will be collecting food donations at the admission gates.

Indiana State Fair organizers have also created a statewide initiative to help all county fairs plan and implement similar food drives. Andy Klotz, Public Relations Director at The Indiana State Fair commented on the initiative. ďThousands of Hoosiers donít know where theyíre getting their next meal. We want to change that. We want to eliminate hunger in Indiana. FAIRs Care is the first step in that direction.Ē

The Indiana State Fairís DuPont Food Pavilion boasts a new exhibit highlighting food in Indiana. Along with learning about farmers and growers, chefs and artisans and the challenges our state faces, visitors can participate in The Indiana Family of Farmersí Recipe Trail. Also, donít miss the annual CANstruction project in the Ball State Agriculture/Horticultural building! Teams of architects, designers and students will display gigantic structures and sculptures made entirely of canned goods. At the conclusion of the fair, all items will be donated to Gleanerís Food Bank.

As you set out to enjoy the summer fair season, consider making a financial or food donation to support FAIRs Care. The simple acts of awareness, caring and sharing will have a large impact in the Hoosier state!