Hoosiers helping those in need is part of Indiana’s culture, and an effort led by the Indiana State Fair has prompted many counties throughout Indiana to participate in the FAIRs Care food drives. Through a partnership with the Indiana Association of Fairs and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, counties have helped FAIRs Care collect 76,364 pounds of food for local food banks.
“The Indiana State Fair’s goal in this partnership is to help the community of Hoosiers around us and to encourage other counties all over Indiana to do the same,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission.
Purdue Extension Boone County participated in the food drive during the county fair in July. The collected during the drive amounted to 1,091 pounds of food. Individuals received a State Fair ticket for every 10 items donated. All the food collected was divided among seven local food pantries in Boone County.
According to Feeding America 2017, 9.0% of Boone County residents and 12.9% of children are food insecure. Additionally 46% of food insecure people do not qualify for other nutrition assistance programs.