National Food Bank Week

A critical component to a healthy life is nutrition.  The intake of vital nutrients is essential to the growth and development of a healthy individual. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation.  In 2009, more than 12 percent of Indiana households were unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families. For more stats visit this link. Last year, one in six Hoosiers was at risk of not having enough to eat, and the rate for Hoosier children was as high as one in four. Do you have a little extra food or time to spare this week? Volunteering and donating to those who are in need are a great way to celebrate National Food Bank Week.

What is a food bank? A food bank can be the storehouse for millions of pounds of food and other products that go out to the community. The pantry functions as the arms that reach out to that community directly. Food banks and food pantries—they are not the same. But they share the same commitment. If you are unsure how to help, a good place to start is to find a food bank in your area. Click here to find a food bank.

This week donate what’s in your cupboard, organize a Food Drive or get the ball rolling to volunteer somewhere. Encourage others to contribute by donating food, time, money or other helpful support.   Give today for you may need to receive tomorrow.

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