Davisson: Food assistance available during outbreak

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, April 6, 2020

Closed schools and businesses. Empty shelves at our grocery stores. It all plays a role in limiting our food and meal options. Further complicating this unprecedented time, many Hoosiers lost their primary source of income. To help, the state is offering a new online tool connecting Hoosiers needing access to food resources near their homes.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration teamed with food banks across Indiana, the Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana's Hungry to create a statewide map where Hoosiers can find food. This interactive map can locate pantries where food is available to take home and be used to prepare meals and snacks. It also provides meal locations, where the food is already prepared and can be picked up and taken home to eat. Visit fssa.in.gov to access this new resource.

The FSSA already asked food pantries to remain open, and this new tool will continuously be updated to reflect which locations are open and when. This will help keep Hoosiers informed to what options are available, limiting how much time they are away from home and interacting with others.

This new tool is a great way to help Hoosiers find food. There are locations in each county to help Hoosiers through this situation. Please spread the word about this new map so everyone who needs aid now or will need assistance in the future knows about this resource.

Most of these food assistance organizations rely greatly on donations and volunteers. Unfortunately, many volunteers are retirees who spend their free time giving back to our communities, and they need to stay home during this time because they are at a greater risk during the pandemic. To keep the shelves stocked and the meals prepared in community kitchens, we need more volunteers under the age of 60 to give their time to ensure our neighbors do not go hungry. Hoosiers who want to answer the call should dial 2-1-1 to learn how to help.

During this challenging time, Hoosiers need to know about this kind of assistance to help guide them to resources. By sharing information about these programs with your neighbors, we are helping each other get through this public health crisis together.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions
of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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