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Report Details The Plight Of Indiana's Food Insecure

D'Ann Hart

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Feeding America say the hunger issue has hit the crisis level in Indiana.

More than 260,000 Hoosiers including 97,000 children in Central and Southeastern Indiana receive emergency food each year through Gleaners.

That‘s according to their joint report released today.

Gleaners CEO Cindy Hubert says that more than one third of their clients must choose between food and other necessities like rent, utilities and medical care every month.

"There is still a huge problem," says Hubert. "We are serving one in eight within Indiana, within central and southeastern Indiana. The problem is not going away. You know, low wages, unemployment, underemployment. Clients are making tough choices and so food is very, very important."

Hunger in America 2014 is the most comprehensive study of how charities are responding to the hunger issue.

The report says that more than one million Hoosiers are at risk for hunger.