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June 2019

Nominate An Exceptional Woman

Each year the Indiana Commission for Women recognizes Hoosier women who have been pioneers throughout their lives or who have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles.

The ICW created the Torchbearer Awards in 2004 as a way to honor the achievements of women who have contributed to making Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Nominations for the 2019 Torchbearer Awards are currently open. Click here to download a form to nominate an outstanding woman. All nomination forms must be received by the ICW no later than 5 p.m. on July 12.

Today, the Torchbearer Award is Indiana’s most prestigious recognition for women in the state. Recipients are women who helped remove barriers to equality and women’s full participation in all aspects of life, and who have created lasting legacies by overcoming immense challenges with courage, perseverance and compassion.

Recipients are selected based on their extraordinary contributions or achievements in the areas of their professional careers, community leadership or public service.

Click here for more information about previous winners.

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Shop Local, Support Indiana Grown

Indiana farms produce some of the highest-quality products in the world, but less than 10 percent of food purchased in Indiana is sourced from within the state.

Purchasing locally made and sourced products helps keep money in communities and supports the economy. Often, local businesses purchase from other local businesses, and these funds help grow a region’s tax base. Schools, public safety providers and volunteer organizations throughout the state benefit from this economic growth.

To help Indiana farmers and producers have a greater market for their products, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture created the statewide initiative, Indiana Grown.

Indiana Grown helps provide a clearer designation of which products come from Indiana. By allowing members to use the Indiana Grown logo on their products, the initiative helps consumers easily identify these goods while they are shopping.

Certified Indiana Grown goods can be found in a variety of locations across the state, such as grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores and more. Throughout the summer and fall, local farmers markets are also a great place to find Indiana Grown products right in the neighborhood.

Today, there are over 1,100 Indiana Grown members, including farmers, distributors, producers, processors, wineries, breweries and artisans. It has never been easier to start shopping local.

Visit www.indianagrown.org to find a business or vendor selling Hoosier goods nearby, or apply to become a member. Farmers, producers, processors, artisans, retailers, grocers and restaurants can be a member or partner at no cost. As a certified Indiana Grown member, locally sourced products will be promoted and marketed through the program.

By purchasing more goods grown, raised, produced and processed in Indiana, consumers help keep dollars and food close to home, build sustainable communities and support fellow Hoosiers, while preserving the state’s agriculture heritage.

Summer Meals Available For Students

More than 1 million Hoosiers live in households that do not have enough food to feed their families every day. This can be even more difficult for parents and guardians taking care of their children when school is not in session.

The Indiana Department of Education has partnered with nearly 250 school and community sponsors, so children 18 and younger across the state will have access to free meals and snacks throughout their summer break.

The Summer Food Service Program was created to serve nutritious meals to children when school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. The initiative is designed to meet the needs of low-income families in areas where children may have limited access to good nutrition.

June is the busiest month for the summer food program when many families seek help for additional nutrition resources. Last year, Indiana sponsors served nearly 2.7 million meals across the state. Meal service times vary, and locations range from parks and community centers to schools, churches, neighborhoods, and mobile feeding sites.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, including an interactive map with site locations and hours of operation, click here. More resources are also available at Indiana 211.

Providing a healthy, nutritious meal to kids every day is important to their development. Children should be out enjoying their summer breaks with friends and family, and the Summer Food Service Program helps keep their bellies full while doing so.

Explore Indiana hunting and fishing opportunities

Indiana is home to beautiful waterways and parks for Hoosiers to experience the great outdoors and take advantage of various hunting and fishing seasons.

For hunters and anglers, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers the Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide and the Indiana Fishing Guide. These downloadable guides provide information about current regulations, season dates, bag limits, license requirements and cost, legal hunting hours, approved equipment and public hunting and fishing locations.

Hunting and fishing trips are also great fun for the whole family. Visit the DNR website for youth safety recommendations, free kids days and interactive maps to find a hunting or fishing location close to home or further away.

To purchase a hunting or fishing license, click here. Every time you purchase an Indiana hunting or fishing license, the funds go directly back to conservation. Funds collected through licenses are used for programs such as wildlife management and research, habitat management and restoration, land acquisition, public access, shooting ranges, fish stocking, DNR law enforcement and more.

With an abundance of wildlife and wilderness throughout the state, now is a great time to get out and enjoy nature.

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