Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced Monday that the Indiana State Department of Agriculture distributed $300,000 to 11 regional food banks. These funds will be used to provide food assistance and services to Hoosiers in need.
According to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, the state’s food bank association, 1 in 7 Indiana residents is food insecure. Additionally, more than 280,000 children in Indiana don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
The funding was provided by the Indiana Legislature, as part of the 2017 biennial budget. The distribution amounts were determined using the Emergency Food Assistance Program fair share percentage, which captures poverty and unemployment levels in each county.
Among area food banks, included that will receive the funding for fiscal year 2018 is the Community Harvest Food Bank, which received $30,990. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana received $36,060.
Indiana's 11 regional food banks provide food to around 1,800 local nonprofit agencies and programs in all 92 counties.