Poultry donation highlights effort of Ohio youth exhibitors

Just prior to Thanksgiving, the Ohio Poultry Breeders Association donated a turkey, four chickens and a gift card to complete the holiday meal to one local Columbus family in need for their Thanksgiving feast.

These chickens and turkey represent the Thanksgiving dinner that was purchased during the Ohio State Fair’s Sale of Champions in August, which was in lieu of no poultry shows during this year’s fair due to the threat of avian influenza.

The sponsor of the Thanksgiving dinner was the Ohio Poultry Breeders Association and several buyers participated, including Gerber Poultry, Cooper Farms, Weaver Brothers, Case Farms, Hertzfeld Farms, Trillium Farms, Prairie Star Farms, Hemmelgarn and Sons, Cal Maine Foods, Sauder Amish Eggs, Hillandale Farms, Stoller Farms, Kalmbach Feeds, Wendel Poultry Service, Nature Pure, New Day Farms, Mercer Landmark and Kroger Co.

The Ohio Poultry Association also donated $1,000 to the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which directly benefits Ohio’s farmers and provides fresh, Ohio-grown fruits and vegetables and shelf-stable, protein-packed foods (including eggs) to more than 2 million Ohioans who struggle to afford food on their own.

Poultry donation
The Ohio Poultry Association donated $1,000 to the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, a program for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which allows the Association to purchase surplus commodity products and unmarketable fruits and vegetables, preventing unnecessary waste and reducing losses in the agricultural industry. Pictured above (left to right): Lisa Hamler-Fugitt (Ohio Association of Foodbanks), Jim Chakeres (Ohio Poultry Association), Mike Stichler (Ohio Poultry Breeders Association), Kelly (client of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks), Virgil Strickler (Ohio Expo Center & State Fair) and Clell Agler (Ohio Poultry Breeders Association).

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