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Verbatim: Town hall meeting on hunger set in Fort Wayne

Statement issued Friday:

As part of Hunger Action Month Community Harvest Food Bank will host a “Town Hall Meeting on Hunger in NE Indiana.” A panel of area experts will address the issue of hunger in our region and along with public input, will explore possible solutions.

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, executive director, Jane Avery will start the conversation with a look at the current state of hunger in our region. Allen County Health Commissioner, Deb McMahan will address the effects of hunger and poor nutrition on health; Dr. Ann Hernandez, University of Saint Francis, department of education director, will look at the impact of hunger on education; Indiana State Representative and executive director, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, Matt Bell will explore the economic impact of hunger from a business and legislative view; and Beth Bechdol, Agri Business Strategist for Ice Miller will explain the role agriculture and business can play in feeding northeast Indiana’s hungry. Wane TV anchor, Mark Mellinger will serve as moderator.

The public is invited and encouraged to participate with their questions and ideas. The event will be held Thursday, September 9 from 7-8:30pm at the University of Saint Francis North Campus auditorium located at 2702 Spring Street in Fort Wayne.

Community Harvest hopes to use this town hall meeting as a means to educate the public of the need and together seek solutions to help feed the growing number of northeast Indiana Hoosiers, nearly half of which are children, who do not know where their next meal will come from.

About Community Harvest Food Bank

Community Harvest Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in northeast Indiana, annually distributing nearly 10 million pounds of food. Community Harvest collects wholesome surplus food and grocery products donated by the food industry – products that might otherwise go to a landfill – and other donors and utilizes it for hunger relief. The food is distributed by nearly 500 churches and human service agencies in its member agency net-work, serving 21,200 unduplicated clients per week throughout its 9 northeast Indiana county service area. These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, and youth and senior citizen programs. Community Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH). For more information, visit www.chfb.org.

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