According to Feeding America, over 880,000 people in Indiana are struggling with hunger – 274,000 of which are children. More than ever, families are struggling to buy groceries. Food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens work to protect the most vulnerable and under-served in our communities. These agencies continue to face increased demand. 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, especially now.
Community Foundation DeKalb County recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry funds to aid in hunger relief efforts in the form of a grant totaling $5,000. These funds will be used to pay processing fees on donated livestock with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within DeKalb County.