food insecurity

Food Banks Receive $300,000 In State Funding

Jul 26, 2019

Indiana distributed $300,000 to food banks across the state. The funding was was set aside in the new, two-year state budget passed earlier this year. 

Food insecurity in Indiana is down slightly according to an annual report from Feeding America but Hoosiers are still more likely to face hunger than the national average.

The St. Vincent DePaul food pantry in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Doug Jaggers

Whether it’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility, pantry hours or free lunch at the library, it can be difficult to navigate food assistance programs.  

A new mobile tool aims to connect people in Indianapolis with food. It's called Food Compass and was created as part of a competition to address civic problems through technology.  

Fresh Produce Drop For Food Banks Expand In Indiana

Oct 23, 2018
Some of the fresh produce recently saved in Indiana. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A project to prevent fresh, healthy food from being wasted is expanding statewide. Food Drop builds off the success of an Indianapolis-based pilot.

The announcement of the global health initiative was made at Purdue University. (Photo Purdue John Underwood)
Jill Sheridan

Purdue University has been chosen to lead a new research effort to address extreme poverty across the globe.

The university will recieve a $70 million investment from the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, which aims to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

Extreme poverty impacts the health of millions through food insecurity, water safety, disease and violence.

A new state program will deliver medically tailored meals to people with HIV in Indiana. The Ryan’s Meals for Life project is funded by a $1 million grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. 

People are said to experience food insecurity when they do not have access to enough food for all family members to live a healthy, active life. An annual report measures the rate of food insecurity in Indiana slightly under the national average, almost 14 percent of the population. 

The county where the Map the Meal Gap report found the highest rate of food insecurity is Marion County, at 18.3 percent. The county with the lowest measured rate is Hamilton County, at 8.8 percent.  

Grants Boost Nonprofit Food Insecurity Work

Oct 16, 2017

Thirty-seven Hoosier organizations that tackle food insecurity are being awarded grants today to mark World Food Day.

The latest report from the USDA shows that 15 percent of families in Indiana struggle to provide enough food, higher than the national average.

The Glick Philanthropies Feeding Those in Need program awarded funds to non-profits groups in communities across Indiana that address this problem.

Hunger Still A Struggle In Indiana

Sep 9, 2014
Keith Weller, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

A new report highlights the critical need to address food insecurity in Indiana.

The USDA Household Food Security in the United States report found 14 percent of Indiana households struggled with hunger between 2011 and 2013, slightly higher than the previous three-year average.

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Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high.

But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised.

Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy program for the Center for Rural Affairs, authored the report, which examines the use of food stamps, now called SNAP benefits, from 2008 to 2012.

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