Behning: Helping close the child hunger gap

Behning: Helping close the child hunger gap

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, March 22, 2019 12:25 pm

Across the state and within our community, the Salvation Army works with locals to support those in need. From providing food and shelter to helping those suffering from addiction, this organization has taken many steps to help struggling Hoosiers. Because of their commitment to helping those in need, House lawmakers partnered with the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army to raise awareness for childhood hunger and collect backpacks and kid-friendly food items for students.

Children should be focused on growing, learning and being a kid – not worrying about where their next meal will come from. In Indiana, 1 in 5 children will experience limited or uncertain access to food. Between school lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday, some students face a period of 68 hours of food insecurity. With the help of the Salvation Army, we collected and filled over 200 backpacks with more than 5,300 non-perishable food items. The Salvation Army will distribute these nutritious meals and snacks to local schools to serve students in need.  

I had the opportunity to meet with staff from the Salvation Army and learn of the great work being done right here in our community. If you or someone you know is in need, I encourage you to connect with one of the nearby centers. Hendricks County is served by an extension at the Brownsburg Police Department. Those in need can call 317-852-1109 and dial extension 2106. Other nearby locations include the Harbor Light Center and Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center in Indianapolis. Located at 2400 N. Tibbs Ave., the Harbor Light Center provides a safe place for people to find stability and begin the process of healing. At 540 N. Alabama St., the Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center is a safe place for victims of domestic violence, and women and children who are homeless.  

The Salvation Army is a nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of Hoosiers to continue helping the community. If you are able to and wish to volunteer or donate, visit centralusa.salvationarmy.org/Indiana. There are many opportunities to help women and children, neighbors suffering from addiction or community members in need of food and shelter. 

No one, especially children, should go without food. While our filled backpacks are only a small step to combat childhood hunger, our partnership highlighted a need throughout the entire state. I will continue working with our community to help our neighbors. If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at h91@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9648.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

 

PICTURED: State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) (center) joins the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army to fill donated backpacks with kid-friendly food items Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Statehouse. House lawmakers partnered with the Salvation Army and collected and filled over 200 backpacks with more than 5,300 non-perishable food items. The backpacks will be distributed to schools across the state to help kids in need.