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.
“I believe that feeding Indiana’s Hungry and Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana are both noble causes,” said Rep. Smaltz. “We need to continue our fight against Hoosier hunger.”
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.
“Working with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and various food banks across the state, I feel we have the ability and responsibility to make a difference in the lives of the needy,” said Rep. Smaltz.
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 south central Indiana area can drop off non-perishable food items to Community Care of Garret, 108 W. Houston in Garret. In addition, those seeking more donation options can visit http://www.chfb.org/food_assistance/docs/DeKalb_County_Food_Pantries.pdf.