updated: 8/3/2011 7:40:04 AM
Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health will host a food drive at the Indiana State Fair. The company says fairgoers who bring non-perishable food items Sunday will receive a free ticket for a return trip.
August 2, 2011
Greenfield, Ind. -- Elanco Day at the Indiana State Fair will kick off the first full week of the fair on Sunday, Aug. 7. As part of the day, Elanco will highlight its work to help farmers provide a safe, affordable, abundant food supply by hosting a food drive to fill the shelves at local food pantries.
Fair-goers that bring non-perishable food items to the fair on Aug. 7 will receive a free ticket for a return visit to the fair, while supplies last. To help kick-off the fair, residents can also receive a free ticket by bringing food items to the Circle in downtown Indianapolis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Those donating will also be treated to a free lunch by the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Free tickets and lunch will be available while supplies last.
More than 300,000 people in central and southern Indiana are food insecure. Further, 8 in 10 Indianapolis Public School children rely on free or reduced lunch as a critical part of their daily nutrition.
Families attending Elanco Day during the fair can learn more about hunger in the community. Local organizations, such as Gleaners, Second Helpings and Indiana’s Family of Farmers, will line State Fair Blvd. on Aug. 7 so that the community can learn ways to help in the fight against hunger. Further, Indiana’s Family of Farmers has also donated $5,000 worth of meat and dairy products to support the Elanco Day food drive.
“We believe every person is born with the right to a hopeful future, and the right to be fed,” said Jeff Simmons, Elanco president and Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company. “But many in our local community are struggling with enough to eat each day.”
The food drives are an opportunity for the community to help those who need it most, and be part of the state fair festivities.
Elanco is active in finding ways to end hunger both globally and locally. The company has a vision to end childhood hunger in Indianapolis and for 100,000 families internationally through a partnership with Heifer International.
“As the #1 food animal productivity company globally, our hunger cause complements the work our products do to help farmers deliver a safe, affordable, abundant food supply,” Simmons said. “We believe efficiency-enhancing technology in food production is one of the most important ingredients to feeding a growing global population. As companies and citizens, we have a moral obligation to help meet this need.”
Elanco’s hunger initiative, with significant funding from the Lilly Foundation, is an extension of Lilly’s overall corporate responsibility efforts, which also include: improving the health of undeserved people, improving U.S. public education, supporting people and communities through United Way and similar efforts, and environmental stewardship.
How can you receive a free ticket to the Indiana State Fair:
Donate non-perishable food items at the circle in downtown Indianapolis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug 3. Anyone who donates will receive a free ticket to the fair and a free lunch courtesy of American Dairy Association of Indiana – while tickets and lunch last.
Bring non-perishable food items to the gate at the state fair on Aug. 7 to receive a ticket to visit the fair the week of August 15.
Elanco is a global innovation-driven company that develops and markets products to improve animal health and food animal production in more than 75 countries. Elanco employs more than 2,400 people worldwide, with offices in more than 40 countries, and is a division of Eli Lilly and Company, a leading global pharmaceutical corporation. Additional information about Elanco is available at www.elanco.com.