TheIndiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army joined forces at the Statehouse to fill backpacks with donated food items to help feed hungry kids across Indiana.

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. In January, House lawmakers launched a food and backpack donation drive collecting over 200 backpacks and more than 5,300 healthy snacks and kid-friendly food items. The Salvation Army will deliver the donations 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 between school meals on Friday and Monday.

By working together with the Salvation Army, we hope our actions encourage others to help fill the gap for those who need it most. Whether you donate to a local school’s backpack program, food pantry or The Salvation Army, Hoosiers have the power to make a positive difference.

The Salvation Army has a longstanding reputation of providing nutritious meals to anyone in need, including through food pantries, meal programs and community gardens. Nationally, the organization provides 156,000 meals every single day. 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.