Feeding America estimates more than 1 million Hoosiers are food insecure or at-risk of hunger, a number that has risen nearly 30% since 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many families – some for the first time – to turn to their local food banks and pantries for meals.

To help raise awareness about this issue, the Indiana House of Representatives is partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, the state’s network of Feeding America food banks, to launch a donation drive at the Statehouse during the 2021 legislative session.

Lawmakers and House staff will be collecting non-perishable food items like canned meat and fish, peanut butter, soup, healthy snacks, and canned fruits and vegetables. Feeding Indiana’s Hungry will distribute any donated food items collected at the Statehouse to their member food banks.

In 2020 alone, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry distributed 150 million pounds of food to member banks and food pantries, which is equivalent to 125 million individual meals. Because it is expected Indiana will continue to see high-levels of need through 2021, this partnership will help Feeding Indiana’s Hungry meet the needs of Hoosiers across the state and bring attention to food insecurity.

In addition to the donation drive, House lawmakers launched a social media campaign using #HelpingHungryHoosiers to raise awareness for the number of Hoosiers who are food insecure. Families in need can visit FeedingIndianasHungry.org to find support and resources.