(Greencastle, Indiana) – Putnam County Community Foundation recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry $2,500 to be used to serve Putnam County residents.
According to the latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap report, Indiana has 887,070 people struggling with hunger – 273,380 of which are children and 70,000 are seniors. There are many Hoosiers out there who are “working poor”. These individuals, who are considered food insecure, earn just enough to make them ineligible for food-assistance programs. They are working hard to try and support their families but the always rising cost of living makes their struggle even more difficult. Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children and the health of all Hoosiers. That is why protein, an important component of every cell in the body and one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children, is so important! Sadly, it is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain.
YOU can help feed the hungry in your community by simply contacting a local, participating meat processor and donating large game or livestock to this program. There is NO cost to donors! “Our goal is to provide this protein-packed meat to hunger-relief agencies within Indiana because getting groceries at local food banks and pantries guarantees healthy meals for families when they need extra help. This effort aids in reducing food insecurity and empowering people by getting them back on track to hunger-free, independent living.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.
The $2,500 in funds provided by the Foundation will pay to process about 2,200 pounds of donated large game and livestock – providing over 8,600 more meals through area hunger-relief agencies to residents in need within their community. “Rice’s Quality Farm Meats, Wabash Clay Custom Meats, and Dugdale Foods, have worked hard for Putnam County AND do all the processing at a reduced rate so that we are able to make funds like this go so much further. This partnership led to the donation and processing of 3,400 pounds over the last year. This nutritious protein was given to and distributed by 2 Fish Pantry, New Providence Baptist, Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry, Roachdale Christian Church, Russellville Community Church, and Gleaners Food Bank – providing almost 14,000 more meals to Putnam County families in need!” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.
On average, the cost of this donated meat is about $1.16 per pound, which is only $.29 per meal!
About Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry
Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has paid to process approximately 1.4 million pounds of meat – providing over 5.8 million meals. Partnering with 87 meat processors statewide, the organization gives approximately 575,000 pounds of meat annually to an average of 450 hunger relief agencies throughout Indiana. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry accepts donations and is continuously looking for volunteers to help in efforts to reduce food insecurity throughout Indiana. For more information on this program, its services, to locate local participating meat processors, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.