Frye: Closing the gap for Hoosier children with food insecurities

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, March 15, 2019 10:00 am

Many households face food insecurity. Research shows that 1 in 5 Hoosier children have limited or uncertain access to food. While child hunger is a continuing problem, organizations like The Salvation Army work to combat the issue and help children who often do not know where their next meal will come from. The Indiana House of Representatives proudly partnered with The Salvation Army this legislative session to raise awareness and work toward addressing the issue of child hunger in our state.

In January, House members and The Salvation Army launched a social media campaign, using #Eliminate68 to raise awareness about child hunger. For many children, the 68 hours between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday is a time spent hungry.

With the goal of providing nutritious weekend meals, House Republicans and Democrats joined forces with The Salvation Army and hosted a donation drive to collect gently used backpacks and non-perishable food items for kids in need. Lawmakers filled the backpacks with food and members of 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 3,500 healthy snacks and kid-friendly food items.

Efforts like this make a real difference in the lives of children, but a problem this widespread requires a continuous and collaborative effort from community members across the state. For those of us who are able to help, there are many ways to offer assistance to those in need. The best way to get involved in combating child hunger is to donate food or volunteer with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army of Jefferson County is located in downtown Madison and helps our community by offering services like a family store, two-chair dental clinic, food bank and intentional youth ministries. To learn how you can get involved, visit webmanager.salvationarmy.org/madisonIN.

The Salvation Army is an international movement to assist those in need without discrimination. They have been working since 1865 to meet human needs, and help about 25 million Americans each year.

As your state representative, I work to do everything I can to improve our communities. However it is ultimately up to Hoosiers everywhere to make Indiana a better place. Working to ensure that no child goes hungry is an important step in improving our state, and organizations like The Salvation Army help make this possible. If you have any questions or concerns about these issues, contact me at 317-234-9450 or h67@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents House District 67,

Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of

Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.

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