[R65]Fighting Hoosier Hunger (2/12/2013)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Start Date: 2/12/2013 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 2/12/2013 End Time: 4:00 PM

STATEHOUSE — Members of the General Assembly have joined forces in the fight against Hoosier hunger.  Partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, the 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.

“The effects of the recession can still be felt,” said Rep. Koch. “Many families have struggled to make ends meet in recent years. I urge all who are able join us in the fight against 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 lack of accessible nutrition required for a healthy lifestyle. In addition, more than one million Hoosiers statewide are at risk of hunger.

“I was very disturbed by the statistics on how many Hoosier children go hungry at night,” said Rep. Koch. “By working with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and various food banks across the state, we can ensure that all Hoosier families have enough to eat.” 

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 Mother’s Cupboard food bank at 5294 Indiana 135 in Morgantown. In addition, those seeking more donation options can go to http://brown-county-indiana-food-assistance.friendshelpingfriends.aidpage.com/

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