During the month of March, Statehouse leaders will advocate for food insecurity awareness by taking part in the 6th annual Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) March Against Hunger food drive. Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Indiana State Bar Association will take the helm in engaging state officials in a friendly competition to raise donations of non-perishable foods or direct monetary contributions.
More than 350,000 Hoosier children or one in five aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.
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Created in 2005, FIsH consists of 11 member food banks and partners with a variety of other food programs, including the Indiana’s Family of Farmers, Indiana Pork Producers and the Indiana Vegetable Growers’ Association. According to a 2010 FIsh report, one in six Hoosiers are at risk of hunger, and nearly 117,900 receive emergency food assistance every week from FIsH food pantries and soup kitchens. Throughout the month, Statehouse leaders will compete to see who can donate the most non-perishable food items.
In 2013, 52 law groups participated in March Against Hunger and raised 10,065 pounds of food and $55,455 – which is the equivalent of 287,340 pounds or 143 tons of food. Overall, the program has raised a total of 44,166 pounds of food and $182,622 for a total of 477 tons in assistance since 2009.