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State leaders boost food bank group

INDIANAPOLIS – State government leaders are encouraging donations to a coalition of 11 food banks that serve people throughout Indiana.

The Feeding Indiana’s Hungry organization kicked off a food collection drive at the Indiana Statehouse on Monday with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate taking part.

The food bank group says one in six Indiana residents struggle to obtain adequate food. The group says its member food banks distributed nearly 74 million pounds of food last year through more than 1,700 local pantries, after-school programs and other food assistance programs in all 92 of Indiana’s counties.