Each year, the Salvation Army assists more than 25 million Americans. Since 1865, the international organization and its 1.5 million members have helped with providing disaster relief, sheltering the homeless, assisting the unemployed and preventing domestic abuse. With nearly 50 million Americans facing food insecurity each day, the Salvation Army also helps stop hunger by providing nutritious meals to anyone in need.
In Indiana, 1 in 5 children have uncertain or limited access to food, and the Salvation Army is front and center when it comes to ending childhood hunger. This session, myself and other House members had the opportunity to partner with the Salvation Army and help children who may face 68 hours of hunger between their school lunch on Friday and school-provided breakfast Monday morning. Not only does a lack of food impact kids physically, but it can also set them back academically by stunting their mental and social development.
By hosting a donation drive to collect backpacks and non-perishable food items, we had the opportunity to spread the word about childhood hunger while also providing nutritious weekend meals to children 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. We collected over 200 backpacks and more than 3,500 healthy snacks and kid-friendly food items. This was also an opportunity for House lawmakers to connect with local Salvation Army representatives to discuss the needs of our communities and how we can help.
Volunteers and donations make a real difference in the lives of children and others in need. The Salvation Army of Grant County is located in Marion and serves the community by offering various youth programs and emergency services. They always welcome donations and volunteers, and they host a weekly Sunday church service, summer camps, weekly teen nights and character building programs for kids. The Salvation Army can also assist with rent and mortgage, transportation, prescription medication and temporary lodging.
As your state representative, I want to help our community. It is also up to every Hoosier to make Indiana a better place. Whether it’s donating food for children facing hunger, helping the homeless, driving a van for our veterans or mowing the lawn for the Salvation Army, we can all step up for those in need. To learn more about the Salvation Army in our area, visit www.centralusa.salvationarmy.org/marion/. As session continues, let’s stay connected. For questions or input, please call 317-234-9499 or email H31@iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) represents House District 31,
which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware,
Grant and Wells counties.
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CAPTION: State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) (right) joins the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army to fill donated backpacks with kid-friendly food items Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Statehouse. House lawmakers partnered with the Salvation Army and collected and filled over 200 backpacks with more than 5,300 non-perishable food items. The backpacks will be distributed to schools across the state to help kids in need.