House Speaker Brian C. Bosma and House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta announced a partnership between the Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army during the 2019 legislative session to increase awareness about child hunger.

Between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday, 1 in 5 Hoosier kids will go about 68 hours with limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Legislators and House staff are collecting new and gently used backpacks, and non-perishable food items like peanut butter, breakfast bars, cereal, canned fruit, crackers and oatmeal. On March 6, lawmakers plan to fill the backpacks at the Statehouse with collected food items, and The Salvation Army will distribute them to local schools across the state.

In addition to the donation drive, House lawmakers launched a social media campaign using #Eliminate68 to draw attention to the number of hours a child could be hungry over a weekend between school meals. Hoosiers can drop off donations outside of the House Chamber on the third floor of the Statehouse in Indianapolis through March 5, or make a monetary donation by contacting Susan Solmon at Susan_Solmon@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Nationally, The Salvation Army provides 156,000 meals every single day to people in need. Through our partnership, we want to help contribute to the organization’s massive impact in communities across the state and bring attention to food insecurity for Hoosier kids.

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