Aylesworth: Don't go hungry, turn to Indiana's Operation Food for help

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:10 am

STATEHOUSE (June 11, 2020) – State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) encourages Hoosiers who may be struggling to make ends meet and needing food assistance to turn to the state's recently launched Operation Food program for help.  

Indiana's community kitchens, pantries and food banks saw a 154% increase in visits since the onset of COVID-19, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Davisson said throughout the public health crisis and during the state's ongoing recovery, many families need access to food and local programs are trying to keep up with the demand.   

"There are many Hoosiers struggling right now who are in need of basic necessities like food because of the pandemic," Aylesworth said. "Operation Food helps individuals and families find local kitchens, pantries and food banks during this difficult time."

Indiana's food distribution network is made up of 12 food banks, and nearly 1,750 pantries and community kitchens. To help pool resources and meet the need, Aylesworth said FSSA's Operation Food connects the network to hunger relief organizations, like Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, along with the Indiana State Health Department and the Department of Homeland Security. 

Hoosiers can visit in.gov/fssa and click on "Food Assistance Availability Map" to find help nearby. The map includes pantries, meal sites with packed food ready to take home and eat, and school sites feeding students throughout the summer. You can also find details on how to make a donation to local food banks as Indiana continues to recover from the health crisis.

Aylesworth said Hoosiers can also call 211 to connect to additional resources and programs, including help with housing, utilities and summer food service options for children. 


State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) represents House District 11,
which includes portions of Lake and Porter counties.
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