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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:43 am

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

The following was released on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry: 

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has awarded the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry's “Meat” the Need program a grant in the amount of $5,000.00.  These funds will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for donated large game and livestock. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to their “Meat” the Need program. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them, by taking large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area.  The donation will be processed, packaged, and frozen. Local hunger relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community in which it was donated. 

 “The funds provided by the Community Foundation will pay for approximately 3,850 pounds of donated large game and livestock in Allen County, which will then be distributed to area hunger relief agencies – providing meals to over 39,230 households in need within Fort Wayne and surrounding areas.” Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry's Executive Director, Deb Treesh said. Approximately 1 out of every 4 households within Indiana (that have children) report an inability to be able to afford enough food to feed their family and over 30% of Hoosiers regularly have to choose between paying bills or buying food. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford. Protein, one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children and young adults, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain.

Community Foundation Executive Director, David Bennett stated: “According to a US Census report, the population of Allen County is approximately 370,400 (26.1% of which are under the age of 18) with 14.6% of the population living below the poverty level – that is over 54,000 residents in need of food additional services.” 

“To date, we have 90 participating meat processors working within 85 counties in Indiana.  We will be working with Custom Quality Meats, E & L Farm and Processing, Feder Meats, Jamison Meats, Lengacher Meat, Messmann Meats, New Haven Custom Meats, Community Harvest Food Bank, and numerous other hunger relief agencies, to assist us in providing meat to Allen County residents in need of additional food services.” Amber Zecca, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry Fund Development Director shared. 

Through this effort, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is able to provide nutritious meat to hunger relief agencies within Indiana building stronger, healthier communities by helping to meet the basic needs within each community, getting them back on track to hunger-free, independent living. Their aim is to also improve the general health of individuals/families in need by helping to provide them with this nutritious source of protein for a healthier, more balanced diet –getting them back on track to hunger-free, independent living.  In the last six years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute almost 757,000 pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing over 3 million meals to Hoosiers in need. 

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.