The holiday season is a great time to give thanks, reflect on the blessings in our lives and give back to others. While spending time with family and enjoying holiday activities, please consider ways to help our neighbors, like donating time and food to local food pantries.
Hunters and farmers in our area can help combat hunger by participating in the Meat the Need initiative hosted by Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life of Hoosiers needing assistance obtaining nutritious meats. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry partners with 92 meat processors across the state, covering 85 Indiana counties. The organization serves approximately 430,000 Indiana residents each year, and since 2005, more than 760,000 pounds of meat have been donated to soup kitchens and pantries. The program also accepts monetary donations to help cover butchering expenses. To get involved with Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, visit www.hoosiersfeedingthehungry.org.
There are also food banks catering to those in our community seeking volunteers and donations. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is a member of Feeding America’s national food bank network and has distributed over 360 million pounds of food to Hoosiers since its inception. They serve Ripley, Jefferson, Jennings and Decatur counties. To learn more about teaming with Gleaners, visit www.gleaners.org. The Clearinghouse in Aurora is another food pantry serving our community. Find out how to donate and volunteer at www.dearbornclearinghouse.com.
For a number of reasons, some school children who rely on school meals throughout the week face a period of hunger between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday. To help fill this gap, the Indiana House of Representatives is partnering with the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army in an effort to raise awareness about childhood hunger. We are collecting non-perishable food items and backpacks throughout session to donate to schools to combat childhood hunger. If you would like to help in this effort, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas is a season of giving and goodwill, and it is my hope we come together to help others. I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties,
as well as portions of Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.
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