Statehouse pumpkin patch to benefit food bank

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS – The south lawn of the Statehouse will be turned into a pumpkin patch Tuesday to benefit the Midwest Food Bank.

Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann will staff the event as part of the State Employees’ Community Campaign (SECC).

“The importance of helping our fellow Hoosiers cannot be overstated,” Pence said. “As we near the holiday season, we invite Hoosiers from all over to take part in our Great Pumpkin Patch to raise funds for the Midwest Food Bank, help to combat hunger, and make a difference across Indiana.”

The Midwest Food Bank is a nonprofit that helps feed more than 100,000 people each month.

The pumpkin patch event is part of the annual charity campaign by the SECC.  State employees have donated more than $25 million to charity in the past 35 years.

The pumpkin patch will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition to pumpkins, visitors can enjoy cookies and apple cider as well.

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