Statistics can be frightening. Especially when the numbers show a constant battle against food insecurity in this country. Robert Wilson, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis, shared some of the alarming statistics: one out of every six Hoosiers is food insecure and one out of four children is food insecure.
Our stop at Gleaners Food Bank during our Indiana Agribusiness Tour was eye-opening. Gleaners was founded in 1980 by concerned citizens who felt no one in Indiana should go hungry and suffer from malnutrition. When Gleaners opened in 1980 – they were originally responsible for serving the entire state. Over 30 years later, there are ten other food banks serving Indiana that belong to the Feeding America food bank network.
Wilson says in addition to the volunteers and the suppliers that make the donations possible they have several partners in the agricultural community: Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Pork (in partnership with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry – FisH), Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana State poultry Association, FFA, Young Farmers & Ranchers, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Adrian Orchards, Peeper Brothers and Rose Acre Farm.
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