United Way of Huntington County recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry funds to aid in hunger relief efforts in the form of a grant totaling $2,500 to pay processing fees on livestock donated to agencies serving food-insecure residents in Huntington County.
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.
“We are proud to partner with Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. We are interested in every possible avenue to ensure that our community is food secure. “Meat” the Need is a unique way to get food to people who need it most.” shared Kyle Metzger, President and CEO of United Way of Huntington County.
This grant will allow Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to pay for the processing of approximately 2,150 pounds of donated livestock – providing over 8,600 more meals through local hunger-relief agencies. “We are so thankful to have a partner like the United Way of Huntington County, who is committed to helping us respond to the needs of our communities facing hunger. A meal provided to a person in need means reduced hunger and increased disposable income and right now, that is so important.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.