I haven’t been grocery shopping for too long. So last night I served pizza rolls, 4 scrambled eggs, 6 pieces of bacon, hashbrowns and fresh carrots to my family of 5 for dinner. Cameran was not happy with my selections (which was seriously almost all the food in our house) – and then she realized that there were kids and families who eat less than this every single day, with no other option. She quickly quieted and ate her food, sitting at our dining room table, with her entire family intact, under the roof of a more than adequate home.
Living in the city is hard. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I often struggle with the things I see from my front porch:
- a failing public school system
- drug and alcohol abuse
- single-parent homes
Every single one of those I listed above affects the people of my city. And it breaks my heart that so many children and families are struggling with such difficult problems each and every day.
Here’s the thing: we can help those in need. And in a way that makes my State Fair loving heart happy.
Indiana State Fair attendees who follow the Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) Recipe Trail at the fairgrounds will help feed the hungry (and win a prize while you’re at it).
For each person who finishes the trail, IFOF is partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) to donate one pound of food to food banks across Indiana. A total of 2,000 pounds of food was donated last year. This year’s goal is 3,000 pounds! So that means 3,000 people are needed to go through the recipe trail to attain the goal.
All you need to do is collect recipe cards from 8 locations around the Fairgrounds and bring them to the Family of Farmers Booth at the DuPont Food Pavilion where you will collect your 9th card. (Recipe cards will feature recipes from real farmers around Indiana and highlight Indiana’s commodities such as pork, beef, poultry, soybeans, corn, lamb, fish and dairy along with an Indiana wine pairing. On the flip side of the cards, State Fairgoers will meet the farmer and read a personal food story from his or her family.) There, you will win a special prize for completing the trail and have a chance to register for the daily dairy giveaway and the grand prize of a Frigidaire® chest freezer.
How cool is that? All you have to do is walk around the State Fair and pick up 9 recipe cards and a pound of food will be donated to an Indiana food bank. Easy peasy.
Wanna know what else is easy peasy? Winning 2 Indiana State Fair tickets and a set of Dairy Coupons (2 Milkshakes, 2 Grilled Cheese & 2 Kid Meals) thanks to Indiana’s Family of Farmers! All you have to do is leave one comment below sharing something relevant to this post. (You have to do this to be entered into the giveaway.)
Want to increase your chances of winning? You can earn up to 2 more entries by:
- Sharing this post on Facebook. Come back and leave another comment telling me you did so with a link to your personal Facebook page.
- Tweeting about this giveaway. Something like this: “Enter to win 2 tix+food to @IndyStateFair from @FamilyofFarmers and learn how to help @FeedINsHungry donate food too! http://wp.me/p1hksh-9y”. Again, come back and leave another comment telling me you tweeted with a link to the tweet.
Details: The contest is open through Wednesday, July 25th. The winner will be chosen and contacted via email on Thursday, July 26th (so please make sure your email address is included in at least one of your comments below so I can reach you). The winner will have 24 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen.
(You can also head over to GotchaBaby, Indianapolis with Kids and Redefining Perfect to enter their giveaways too.)
Even if you don’t win, you definitely still need to go to the State Fair and do the Recipe Trail to help IFOF and FIsH donate at least 3,000 pounds of food this year. Want to go on the cheap? Find out how here.
Disclosure: As an IFOF Ambassador, I received two tickets (plus food coupons) to attend the Indiana State Fair and two tickets (plus food coupons) for this giveaway. This is a sponsored post, though as always, all thoughts and opinions are totally mine, mine, mine. (As Lucas would say. And let’s be honest, Alaina and Cami too.)