More than 900,000 people struggle with hunger in Indiana. The Salvation Army assists underserved people with a wide spectrum of resources like food drives, emergency responses and even emotional and spiritual support. With nearly 17.4 million American families going to bed without food each evening, the Salvation Army also helps combat hunger by providing nearly 156,000 nutritious meals each day to anyone in need.
In Indiana, 20 percent of children have uncertain or limited access to food, and the Salvation Army plays an important role when it comes to preventing childhood hunger in our state. To help their efforts, I joined other House members this legislative session to partner with the Salvation Army to feed children who may face the 68 hours of hunger between their school lunch on Friday and school-provided breakfast Monday morning. Not only does a shortage of food impact kids physically, it can also set them back academically by stunting their mental and social development.
Through this partnership we hosted a donation drive to collect backpacks and non-perishable food items. Lawmakers filled the backpacks with food and the Salvation Army will deliver them to schools across the state to be distributed to children in need. We collected over 200 backpacks and more than 5,300 non-perishable food items. This event also provided House lawmakers a chance to connect with local Salvation Army representatives to discuss the needs of our communities and how we can help.
Volunteers and donations make a real difference in the lives of children and others in need. The Salvation Army of Hancock County is located in Greenfield and serves the community by offering emergency financial assistance, and disaster and seasonal services. Volunteers and donations are always encouraged, and virtually all funds collected in Hancock County are spent in Hancock County. They offer a nursing home visitation program, summer camps for kids and other community programs. The Salvation Army can also assist with rent and mortgage costs, transportation, prescription medication and temporary lodging.
As your state representative, I want to help our community. It is also up to Hoosiers everywhere to help their neighbors. Whether it’s donating food for children facing hunger, helping the homeless, driving a van for our veterans or leading community activities for the Salvation Army, we can all step up for those in need. To learn more about the Salvation Army in our area, visit www.salarmyhancock.org. As session continues, let’s stay connected. For questions or input, please call 317-232-9651 or email H53@iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,
which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.
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CAPTION: State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) 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.