State distributes $300K to regional food banks

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Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced Monday that the Indiana State Department of Agriculture distributed $300,000 to 11 regional food banks, including $19,020 to Tri-State Food Bank Inc. in Evansville, which serves 33 counties including Dubois, Daviess, Pike, Warrick, Spencer and Perry.

The funds will be used to provide food assistance and services to Hoosiers in need.

“Food banks across our state are doing truly extraordinary things for those who may need assistance in feeding their families,” Crouch said. “I’ve had the privilege of visiting food banks in Indiana and have witnessed the incredible impact they are making in people’s lives.”

According to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, the state’s food bank association, one in seven Indiana residents is food insecure. Additionally, more than 280,000 children in Indiana don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

The funding was provided by the Indiana Legislature, as part of the 2017 biennial budget. The distribution amounts were determined using the Emergency Food Assistance Program fair share percentage, which captures poverty and unemployment levels in each county.

Indiana’s 11 regional food banks provide food to around 1,800 local nonprofit agencies and programs in all of the state’s 92 counties.

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