Indiana pork producers are coming to the aid of thousands of needy Hoosiers, even after surviving two years of economic downturn reports TribStar.com.

Pork producers across the state are banding together with the Indiana Pork Producers Association to help supply food to more than 1,700 food pantries across Indiana. Their efforts have been dubbed the “Million Meals” program.

Thus far, the Million Meals program has provided more than 100,000 pounds of lean ground pork. This amount was made a part of nearly 400,000 meals. Officials note that this contribution is greatly appreciated as meat is the least donated item but the most expensive to buy.

The Indiana Family Social Services Agency reports food banks served nearly 800,000 Hoosiers in 2009.

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Source: Tribstar.com