Gutwein: Don't go hungry, turn to Indiana's Operation Food for help

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:07 am

 

STATEHOUSE (June 11, 2020) – State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) encourages Hoosiers who may be struggling to make ends meet and needing food assistance to turn to the state's recently launched Operation Food program for help.  

Indiana's community kitchens, pantries and food banks saw a 154% increase in visits since the onset of COVID-19, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Gutwein said throughout the public health crisis and during the state's ongoing recovery, many families need access to food and local programs are trying to keep up with the demand.   

"With the public health crisis, it's been especially hard for many who struggle to take care of themselves or their families," Gutwein said. "As we work to get the state's economy back on track, Indiana's Operation Food will help Hoosiers in need of food assistance by connecting them to local resources."

Indiana's food distribution network is made up of 12 food banks, and nearly 1,750 pantries and community kitchens. To help pool resources and meet the need, Gutwein said FSSA's Operation Food connects the network to hunger relief organizations, like Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, along with the Indiana State Health Department and the Department of Homeland Security. 

Hoosiers can visit in.gov/fssa and click on "Food Assistance Availability Map" to find help nearby. The map includes pantries, meal sites with packed food ready to take home and eat, and school sites feeding students throughout the summer. You can also find details on how to make a donation to local food banks as Indiana continues to recover from the health crisis.

Gutwein said Hoosiers can also call 211 to connect to additional resources and programs, including help with housing, utilities and summer food service options for children.

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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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