(Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry News Release)
The AEP Foundation has awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant in the amount of $3,000. These funds will help to pay processing fees on donated livestock and deer with the meat being given to hunger relief agencies serving food-insecure residents within Adams and Noble counties.
According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, a combined total of 9,080 residents of Adams and Noble counties regularly struggle with food insecurity – 3,830 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 during these uncertain times. Proper nutrition is vital to 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.
The funds provided will allow Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to pay for the processing of approximately 2,600 pounds of donated livestock and deer – providing almost 10,400 more meals through local hunger relief agencies.
“We are so grateful to the AEP Foundation for supporting our effort in responding to the needs of those in the community facing hunger. A meal provided to a person in need means reduced hunger and increased disposable income because they can spend less on food. Right now, that is so important.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.
The grant was presented by Indiana Michigan Power on behalf of the AEP Foundation.
“Indiana Michigan Power believes in helping to support the communities we serve, and we are pleased to present this AEP Foundation grant to help meet essential needs of residents in Adams and Noble counties,” said Kim Sabrosky, Director of External Affairs for I&M.
ABOUT HOOSIERS FEEDING THE HUNGRY
Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has paid to process 1.8 million pounds of meat – providing over 7.2 million meals. Partnering with 85 meat processors statewide, the organization gives approximately 250,000 pounds of meat annually to an average of 450 hunger relief agencies throughout Indiana. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry accepts donations and is always 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.