small things and the Indiana State Fair {GIVEAWAY!}

A couple weeks ago in church, I was kind of put in my place.

See, I’ve always been very irritated with how poor people eat. I’m not gonna lie. Standing in line behind someone using food stamps to purchase crap food has always been a huge struggle for me. And I was always so confused why women couldn’t figure out what WIC vouchers cover.

And then my eyes were opened by one comment at church: People who live in poverty don’t have access to grocery stores that provide good food choices – they live by gas stations and convenience stores.

So I started doing some research. I found my zip code in Indianapolis (46202) has the highest percentage of population below the poverty level. Poverty

Want to know something even crazier? There’s only ONE major grocery store in my ENTIRE zip code. One Kroger that we lovingly call GK (Ghetto Kroger) or Kroghetto. Not a single Marsh, Meijer, Aldi or Target. When I search for “grocery stores in Indianapolis 46202” only Kroghetto shows up. How are people living in poverty, heavily relying on public transportation, shopping at grocery stores with healthy food options? They simply aren’t.

To research further, I looked at the WIC food requirements. Have you seen them?! Holy details Batman. Take a look: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/WIC_Program_Booklet_English.pdf. Seriously. Just take a few minutes and look at the requirements of what you can purchase with WIC. Two examples:

  1. You can only buy a dozen large or extra large white eggs (not medium, not 1/2 dozen, not brown, not cage free, not even the brand Eggland’s Best).
  2. You can only buy peanut butter in 16 – 18 oz. jars and you cannot buy: spread, organic, mixed with jelly, marshmallow, honey, Smucker’s Natural, Fifty 50, Jif Omega 3, Smart Balance, Krema, Better’n Peanut Butter, Health Valley, Reese’s, or even natural peanut butter.

These are only two examples. There are so many restrictions on even healthy items you can buy it would take a crazy amount of time to plan and then also to shop. It makes my head swirl and I’m a completely competent, seasoned, healthy food grocery shopper. Add taking your kids with you to the grocery store with you and I think I might lose it. For real.

So when I read about easy simple ways I can help my community feed those who are hungry, I get excited. Insert another thing I get (overly) excited about: the Indiana State Fair. Put them together?! YEEHAW!!!

Indiana State Fair attendees who follow the Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) Recipe Trail at the fairgrounds will help feed the hungry (and receive a kitchen towel printed with a food safety tip). For each person who finishes the trail, IFOF partners with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) to donate one pound of food to food banks across the state. Last year, recipe trail travelers donated $8,372 worth of food. Let’s do better this year.

All you have to do is collect recipe cards from 10 locations around the fairgrounds and bring them to the IFOF booth at the DuPont Food Pavilion where you’ll receive your towel and get counted as a donor of a pound of food. (Extra perk: The booth also features a chance to register for a grand prize of a Frigidaire® chest freezer.)

One side of the IFOF recipe card features a recipe from a real farmer around Indiana and highlights Indiana’s commodities such as pork, beef, poultry, soybeans, corn and dairy, along with an Indiana wine pairing. (Yay!) On the reverse side of the card, fairgoers will meet the farmer and read a personal story from his or her family.

You can find the recipe cards at:

  • Exposition Hall (Rose Acre Farms booth)
  • DuPont Food Pavilion (3 stops: Purdue, Indiana Beef, Indiana Wine & Grape Council)
  • Habitat for Humanity Ag House
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Building
  • Glass Barn
  • Normandy Barn
  • Pathway to Water Quality
  • Final stop/recipe redemption point: IFoF booth at DuPont Food Pavilion

While I know going to the state fair and completing the recipe trail isn’t going to fix poverty, it *is* going to help. What’s that saying? Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact? I mean, you’re already going to the fair, so you might as well do a small recipe trail. It’ll have an impact. I promise.

OH WAIT! You don’t have tickets to the state fair yet?! LUCKY FOR YOU because, thanks to my fine friends at Indiana’s Family of Farmers, I have a 4-pack of Indiana State Fair tickets to give away! (Which opens FRIDAY by the way! YEEHAW!!!)

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about the Indiana State Fair. Easy peasy, but required.

Want additional entries? Earn up to two additional entries by completing each of the following:

  • Share this post on Facebook (and come back leaving me a comment telling me you did so).
  • Follow me on Twitter (@katieunscripted) and tweet about this giveaway, linking back to this post. (Something like “Win 4 tickets to the @IndyStateFair where you can do the @FamilyofFarmers recipe trail benefiting @FeedINsHungry. http://wp.me/p2QiXQ-m2”) Again, come back and leave me a link to your tweet.

(Sorry, while you’re welcome to share and tweet all you’d like about this giveaway, only one FB share and one tweet will count. Giveaway runs from now until 11:59pm on Friday, August 1st. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. No exceptions.)

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Disclosure: As an IFOF Ambassador, I received four tickets to attend the Indiana State Fair and four tickets for this giveaway. This is a sponsored post. Though, as always, all thoughts and opinions are completely mine. (Let’s be honest – my love for the fair isn’t news to anyone.)

39 thoughts on “small things and the Indiana State Fair {GIVEAWAY!}

  1. Keelin

    I never thought someone could be more excited about the fair than myself and Angelin till I met you! My favorite part of the fair is the food, and seeing all the baby animals 🙂

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  3. Tricia Meyer (@sunshinetricia)

    My favorite thing about the Fair is the tradition. I love that my family has gone every year together since my first baby was in my belly. Every year was something different from my kids’ first concert (Selena Gomez) to the year we tried the frozen koolaid. And every year we take a picture of the kids with the pigs just for the fun of it. I hope it’s something that my kids will look back on when they are older and want to do with their kids.

  4. Jennifer Beresford

    My favorite thing about the fair is taking the day to explore with my husband and 4 children. We are often so busy that we forget to slow down and just enjoy little things.

  5. Ann

    Shared on FB! What a great idea! Planning to go to the fair anyway by myself, but the tix would be great so I could go again with the whole family! I have 2 faves at the fair. The first is the yummy Indiana maple syrup and the 2nd is the dairy barn.

  6. Kim Horn

    My favorite part of the fair is sitting with my daughter in the coliseum during the horse shows guessing which team will win even though we know nothing about horses.

  7. Trisha Minnick

    My favorite thing about the fair is to see my 4 childrens faces as they take in all the sites, smells and tastes!! We cant afford to take them this year, but winning tickets would sure help us get there :). I also shared on facebook for extra entry!

  8. Angie Six (@AngieSix)

    I can only pick ONE thing? Impossible! Unless I can count the entire fair itself. I’m glad to know I’m passing my love of the fair along to my kids. When they found out we were traveling to Spain this summer, their first question was, “But we’ll be home for the State Fair, right?”

  9. Amy

    My favorite part of the State Fair is the 4H building. It always amazes me to see what these kids can do.

  10. Kayla

    I’m excited that this will be the first year our family will go to the fair! We’re Cincinnati transplants and can’t wait to go:)

  11. Rachelle Brobst

    I’ve lived in Indiana my whole life and have never been to the state fair! Planning on going this year though.

  12. Jonathan Baker

    I love taking my kids to see the farm animals! They get to see a lot that they don’t normally get to see.

  13. Laura Gillis-Sheridan

    I like the whole experience – taking the fair train down to the fair and checking in on the animals. My daughter loved getting to see the princesses at the fair and the fair queen.

  14. Clea Spears

    My very favorite part is everything my father first took me to the Fair when I was an infant. He took me to see the fish at the conservation area. i remember seeing the deer, bobwhites and pheasants and a brown bear there also. Of course we saw the cows , horses and rabbits also. but the memories we made at the Fair are unforgettable. .

  15. Kristi

    My favorite part about the Indiana State Fair is splitting some weird, crazy, deep-fried-something-or-other with my family and checking out the animals. And Bubble Tea. And tradition. And sometimes the music. 🙂

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