No one deserves to be hungry.

This basic principle guides much of the work we do at Hoosier Hills Food Bank.  It's important to learn about the people we serve and how hunger affects their lives.  

The Hoosier Hills Food Bank:

Hunger is an income issue, an indicator of the growing disparity between income and expenses. 

National & State Information

Hunger in the United States

Despite our status as an advanced and industrialized nation with a high standard of living, hunger and food insecurity persist as significant problems in America, and have grown significantly during the recent economic recession.

Each year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues a report, “Household Food Security in the United States.”  The most recent report covers the calendar year 2013.  According to USDA, approximately 14.3 percent, or 49.1 million people, were food insecure at some point in 2013.

USDA Food Security Page

Similarly, our partner organization and the national food bank network, Feeding America, conducts comprehensive hunger studies. In its "Hunger in America 2014" study, Feeding America reported that 1 in 7 people in the United States, or 46.5 million, receive food or assistance from a Feeding America food bank or pantry each year, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

Children and seniors are particularly vulnerable groups when it comes to food insecurity. One in five kids in the United States is food insecure (Map the Meal Gap 2015). Nationwide, 4.8 million seniors, or one in every 12 seniors is food insecure. This rate has more doubled since 2001. (“Spotlight on Senior Hunger Report”, 2011)

Hunger in the State of Indiana

Hoosiers are not immune to hunger and food insecurity.  Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study estimates that:

Hoosiers are also faced with troubling tradeoffs:

www.feedingindianashungry.org

World Hunger

Hunger and malnutrition are global problems.  It’s estimated that over 900 million people go hungry and that almost 16,000 children die each day from hunger-related causes.  Poverty, economic and agricultural policies, conflict, climate change, and natural disasters are all considered contributing causes to world hunger.  Many organizations provide information or are working to end global hunger.

Links

One of Hoosier Hills Food Bank’s goals is to educate the community about hunger issues in order to encourage action and advocacy.  There are many organizations working to end hunger and we will provide links to many of them here in order to facilitate the flow of information.  This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of hunger-related resources, or an endorsement of any information source or program over another.

Two terms are important and several of the sites that we will link to include definitions of these and other concepts.  “Hunger” is generally defined as an uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food.  “Food insecurity” is generally defined as a lack of regular access to nutritious food.  Many organizations use these terms interchangeably, including HHFB. 

Partner Agency Links

Other Indiana Food Banks

Local Hunger & Poverty Links

- Monroe county info about social services available

National Hunger & Poverty Links