STATEHOUSE — Members of the General Assembly have joined forces in the fight against Hoosier hunger. Partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, 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.
“When finances become tight, families will more often than not sacrifice high value nutritious meals in order to pay the bills at the end of the month,” said Rep. Wesco. “Many Hoosiers find themselves having to make this tough decision each and every month, which is truly tragic. We need to increase our efforts to ensure that Hoosiers across the state have access to high value nutritious meals.”
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 a lack of accessible nutrition required for a healthy lifestyle. In addition, more than one million Hoosiers statewide are at risk of hunger.
“Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and local food pantries throughout Indiana have made a real difference in the fight against hunger,” said Rep. Wesco. “Together, we can end hunger in Indiana.”
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 at the Mustard Seed Pantry, 29064 County Rd. 16 in Elkhart. In addition, those seeking more donation options can go to http://www.foodpantries.org/ci/in-elkhart.