In 2009, Feeding America released a report stating 24.5% of children in Indiana under the age of 18 were struggling with hunger. That’s nearly 1 in every 4 Hoosier children that don’t know where their next meal will come from.
The report goes on to state that, “an estimated 117,900 Hoosiers receive emergency food assistance each week from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other agency served by the member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc.”
Many Hoosiers are unaware of these alarming numbers. This is why we encourage you to participate in Hunger Action Month this September.
On Thursday, September 4, 2014, Feeding American will kick off Hunger Action Month. They are encouraging everyone to get involved in their “turn the nation orange” campaign by wearing orange to show support of hunger relief.
Feeding America describes Hunger Action Month as, “…a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it.”
There are many ways Hoosiers can get involved in the effort to eradicate hunger in Indiana. Feeding Indiana’s Hungry has information on their website on how you can volunteer or donate to one of the 11 food banks located throughout Indiana.
You may also want to join the Anti-Hunger Action Team, which, according to the Feeding Indiana’s Hungry website, “creates yearly policy agendas and advocates for smart public policy at the state and national levels in order to secure resources for hungry Hoosiers.”