Indiana Pork donates ham to feed hungry Hoosiers

INDIANA – Indiana Pork proudly joins the National Pork Producers Council’s “Give-a-Ham” challenge. This is a national social media campaign encouraging pig farmers and those involved in the pork industry to donate pork to organizations serving the food insecure, and challenging others to follow suit with a donation of pork.

From L-R – Fred Glass, President and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank; Heather Hill, Indiana pig farmer and President of the National Pork Board; and Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch join to donate hams ahead of the holiday season.

Alongside Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Pork donated nearly 400 large hams to Gleaners Food Bank on Wednesday, which were immediately distributed in their mobile pantry that afternoon.

“With so many Americans still struggling with the effect of COVID and financial challenges, this year’s ‘Give-A-Ham’ challenge takes on special meaning,” said Brian Martin, President of the Indiana Pork Board of Directors. “Giving back to our communities is a core value of hog farmers nationwide. It’s gratifying to come together as an industry this time of year to serve those in need.”

“I’m proud to be part of an industry that has already made significant contributions this year to help those less fortunate and am proud to participate in the ‘Give-A-Ham’ challenge, paying it forward with pork,” Martin added.

Lt. Governor Crouch joined in on the donation and challenged Governor Eric Holcomb to donate ham to his favorite charity. Fred Glass, CEO, and President of Gleaners Food Bank accepted the ham donation and challenged Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett to donate ham to someone in need.

Individuals are encouraged to join this challenge and Give a Ham to their favorite charity, food bank, or neighbor in need. Participants can share their donation stories on social media using the #GiveAHam and #Poundsofham.

Indiana Pork is a not-for-profit association representing Indiana’s nearly 3,000 family pork farmers through the pork checkoff program. Learn more at