Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann accepted a donation of 105 tons of Indiana poultry products for Hoosier food pantries. The donation of Indiana poultry was made during a ceremony at the State House by representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association.

Ellspermann, also the state agriculture secretary, has asked that the donated poultry products be delivered to Gleaner's Food Bank in Indianapolis, the Greensburg Daily News reported.

"This act of generosity by the Indiana State Poultry Association represents what it means to be a Hoosier," said Ellspermann. "I encourage all Hoosiers to follow this example by donating to food banks or other social service agencies within their communities during this Holiday season."

In addition to the donation, members of the Indiana State Poultry Association presented the Lt. Governor the State turkey, in appreciation of her continued support of Indiana agriculture.

Donations to food banks and other charities were made in part by Berne Hi-Way Hatchery, Creighton Brothers, Culver Duck, Farbest Foods, Hy-Line North America; Maple Leaf Farms, Midwest Poultry Services, Miller Poultry, Perdue Farms, Rose Acre Farms, Tyson Foods, and Wabash Valley Produce.

Indiana State Poultry Association's Executive Vice President Paul Brennan noted, "Indiana's poultry producers benefit the Hoosier economy and contribute to the state and their local communities through donations. This event alone has occurred for 66 consecutive years."

The Indiana State Poultry Association is a member organization that represents more than 95 percent of the poultry producers in the state of Indiana. The poultry industry in Indiana contributes a total of over $2.5 billion dollars annually to Indiana's economy.