STATEHOUSE — Members of the General Assembly have joined forces in the fight against Hoosier hunger. Partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, the lawmakers are working to raise awareness and assist with the state’s domestic hunger relief efforts through the month of February.
All four caucus leaders participated in a public service announcement which can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/cqfNSUt6pXw (30 seconds) or http://youtu.be/m9Z4ba-ilew (60 seconds) to kick off the month of awareness.
“Economic hardship and financial troubles have been felt by all during the recession,” said Rep. DeVon. “The sad truth is that to compensate during these times of recovery many families have had to sacrifice nutritional care in order to make ends meet. I would like to call to action Hoosiers to fight hunger this year.”
In 2011, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report states that 13 percent Hoosier households are food insecure. Today, one in four Hoosier children, an estimated 358,000 statewide, experience lack of accessible nutrition required for a healthy lifestyle. In addition, more than one million Hoosiers statewide are at risk of hunger.
The Feeding Indiana’s Hungry organization sponsors 11 regional food banks, each serving a specific geographic area. The food banks supply food to more than 1700 local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, church pantries, day cares and other nonprofits. Each food bank supplies roughly 117,900 Hoosiers with food assistance each week.
To join in the fight against hunger, there are many ways to participate. Hoosiers in the north central Indiana area can drop off non-perishable food items to the Needs for Neighbors food pantry at 54301 Maple Lane in South Bend. In addition, visithttp://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/cityfoodbanks.cgi?city=Granger&state=IN for a full list of area food pantries and donation points.