Study: 1 in 8 Hoosiers in central, southeast Indiana receives food assistance

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By Michael Henrich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 18, 2014) -- More than 260,000 Hoosiers in central and southeast Indiana, including 97,000 children, receive emergency food each year through Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and its partner agencies, according to a new far-reaching study released Monday.

That means roughly one in eight Hoosiers in that 21-county area receives food assistance from the Gleaners network.

“For over 34 years Gleaners has been saying there is a hunger problem unfolding throughout our state and local communities,” said Cindy Hubert, president and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.

“Today we have the hard data from the largest, most far-reaching study ever conducted on domestic hunger-relief that proves what was once a significant problem is now a crisis," Hubert continued.  "It is time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger, the impact of hunger and the prevalence of hunger.”

The Hunger in America 2014 study revealed Hoosiers have been forced to make difficult decisions on how to spend their money during the past 12 months:

  • 81% report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation
  • 78% report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care
  • 77% report choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities
  • 65% report choosing between paying for food and paying for housing

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