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Statement issued by Community Harvest Food Bank:

Jane Avery, executive director of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. has been newly elected president of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry; a statewide association of Feeding America affiliated food banks.

“We want to see Indiana become the first Hunger Free state in the country,” said Avery. “And, I am confident that we can reach that goal with the public and private sectors working together. By that I mean food banks, the USDA in conjunction with its emergency food assistance program, the State of Indiana, farmers, businesses, state and federal legislators, our member agencies, individuals, and countless more all working together to feed our hungry neighbors. With 16% of all Hoosiers food insecure and one in four Hoosier children food insecure this goal is not only one that can be reached, it’s one that must be reached.”

About Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.

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 470 churches and human service agencies in its member agency net-work, serving 21,200 unduplicated clients per week throughout its nine 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 Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at

About Feeding Indiana’s Hungry

Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. is the statewide association of Feeding America affiliated food banks (formerly America’s Second Harvest). Our eleven member food banks serve more than 1,700 agencies in all 92 counties, providing emergency food assistance to Hoosiers in need.

Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. food banks statewide include:

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Gary

Food Bank of Northern Indiana, South Bend

Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., Lafayette

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Ft. Wayne

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Inc., Muncie

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis

Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, Terre Haute

Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Bloomington

Tri-State Food Bank, Inc., Evansville

Dare to Care Food Bank, Louisville, KY

Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati, OH

For more information on Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. visit Find us on Facebook at or follow our news on Twitter at

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