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MOST COMPREHENSIVE HUNGER STUDY SHOWS HUNGER IS MORE PREVALENT GLEANERS IS HAVNG AN IMPACT

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Contact: Todd Clevenger, Director of Marketing & Communications, tclevenger@gleaners.org

MOST COMPREHENSIVE HUNGER STUDY SHOWS HUNGER IS MORE PREVALENT
GLEANERS IS HAVING AN IMPACT

Indianapolis, Ind. (August 18, 2014) – A landmark study released today by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, reports more than 260,000 Hoosiers in central and southeast Indiana, including 97,000 children, receive emergency food each year through Gleaners and its partner agencies.

Hunger in America 2014 is the most comprehensive study of the charitable response to hunger ever conducted in the United States. The study provides the most up-to-date and complete picture of this extremely critical issue.

“For over 34 years Gleaners has been saying there is a hunger problem unfolding throughout our state and local communities,” said Cindy Hubert, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “Today we have the hard data from the largest, most far-reaching study ever conducted on domestic hunger-relief that proves what was once a significant problem is now a crisis. It is time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger, the impact of hunger and the prevalence of hunger.”

Right now over a million Hoosiers are at risk of hunger—hard working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and are forced to go without food. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, certain neighborhoods, even certain populations, but the reality is much different. More than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care, every month. “Hunger affects people from all walks of life and is everywhere in Indiana,” said Hubert. “It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, white or African American…live in an urban, suburban or rural setting. Hunger does not discriminate or have any boundaries.”

One in eight Hoosiers in central and southeast Indiana rely on Gleaners. “Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and its community partners have made remarkable progress in the fight against hunger over the last four years.” said Hubert. “By creating, enhancing and growing our programs and distributing more food we are making an impact in the lives of a more than a quarter-million of our hungry neighbors. But we cannot slow down, there are just too many people still struggling with hunger.”

About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
On a yearly basis, hundreds of thousands of hungry Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners supplies items to hunger relief agencies and schools throughout 21 counties in central and southeast Indiana. Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America the nation’s food bank network. Since its inception, Gleaners has distributed over 320 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 230 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers. In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, children and seniors, through specialty programs such as the BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Food Pantries, Summer Meals for Kids,  Mobile Pantry Program and the Commodity Supplemental Food (CSFP) Program. In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 260,000 struggle with hunger and food insecurity—and 97,000 of them are children. To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.

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