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(LaGrange, Indiana) –Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $2,000 grant from the LaGrange County
Community Foundation to support its “Meat” the Need initiative.
According to Feeding America, approximately 3,450 LaGrange County Residents regularly struggle with food
insecurity – over 1,000 of which are children. Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the
Hungry, said that the funds received will be used to pay processing fees on nearly 1,400 pounds of donated
livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within LaGrange
“Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens work to protect the most vulnerable and under-served in our
communities and these agencies continue to face increased demand due to the lasting effects of the 2020
pandemic and continued rise in inflation.” Said Katie DeForest, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers
Feeding the Hungry. “Protein is one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development. Sadly, it
is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain, especially now with the rising cost of groceries.”
“The generous grant from the LaGrange County Community Foundation will allow us to continue and expand
on our mission of hunger relief by providing over 5,500 more meals through local hunger relief agencies in
LaGrange County. We are so grateful for the continued support of our efforts in responding to the needs of
those in the community facing hunger.” said Debra Treesh.
To donate, farmers and hunters just need to take their livestock or deer to a local participating meat processor
(call ahead to schedule livestock). After processing, local food banks and pantries are called to pick up the
donation. There is absolutely no charge to the livestock and deer donors. For a list of participating meat
processors, visit

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