Spencer, Indiana –Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $2,500 grant from the Owen County Community Foundation (OCCF_to support its “Meat” the Need initiative. This grant was made possible by the Owen County Community Foundation and its funding partners through the Misty Chapman Memorial Fund and Paul & Ione Fulk Community Fund.
According to Feeding America, approximately 3,000 Owen County residents regularly struggle with food insecurity – 1,000 of which are children. Deb Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said that the funds received will be used to pay processing fees on donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within Owen County.
“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 and these agencies continue to face increased demand.” said Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “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 donors.”
“The Owen County Community Foundation’s contribution will allow us to continue and expand on our mission of hunger relief by providing 8,000 more meals through local hunger relief agencies. 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, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.
To donate to one of these funds and provide lasting support to hungry Hoosiers living in Owen County, you can send cash or a check to the OCCF at P.O. Box 503, Spencer, IN, 47460 or visit the OCCF’s secure donation portal at www.owencountycf.org to contribute online. If you would like to find out more about how you can make a difference in Owen County and leave a lasting legacy, please contact Karah Bobeck at Karah@owencountycf.org or give the OCCF a call at (812) 829-1725.