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Gov. Pence and First Lady help fight hunger with Statehouse pumpkin patch

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Pumpkins are once again helping to fight Hoosier hunger – and it’s not necessarily in the form of pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread or pumpkin seeds. The governor’s third annual Great Pumpkin Patch took over the Statehouse’s south lawn Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gov. Mike Pence and First […]

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Department of Education announces income guidelines for free and reduced lunch

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the school year ramps for students around the state, the Department of Education has announced the guidelines for free and reduced lunch. It’s part of the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs. Students whose families qualify under federal guidelines may receive free or reduced price meals […]

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Food organization will be first lady’s major grant recipient this year

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Feeding Indiana’s Hungry will be the second major grant recipient from first lady Karen Pence as part of her annual fundraising luncheon on Thursday. The Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation’s second annual fundraiser is modeled after the U.S First Lady’s Luncheon. The event will have similar features, including a […]

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Bill to promote urban fresh food options passes House

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill aimed at bringing fresh food to urban areas – often referred to as “food deserts” – passed the House on Thursday evening. House Bill 1248 would require the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to develop and promote urban farming programs, food cooperatives and farmers’ markets. It would seek […]

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No vote on bill to eliminate asset test for food help

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee debated a bill Monday that has the potential to provide food assistance to more than 1,000 additional Hoosier families. The Children and Family Services Committee did not vote on Senate Bill 549, which would eliminate a requirement that the state consider a family’s assets in determining […]

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First lady’s foundation to benefit food pantry group

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group that represents food banks across Indiana will be the recipient of this year’s major grant from the First Lady’s Charitable Foundation. The grant will be awarded at the First Lady’s Luncheon next April. “With the holidays right around the corner, now is as critical time as ever to […]

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Commentary: Society must fix food “deserts” to attack other problems

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Regina Marsh tells me about the damage that food deserts can do to a community. As the leader of Forest Manor Multi Service Center in Indianapolis, Marsh knows the kind of scars that food deserts can carve into neighborhoods. She says that food deserts affect communities in ways that […]

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Survey: One of five Americans struggling to afford food

 By Jake Grovum Stateline.org Despite record food stamp enrollment around the country and an economy considered to be on a modest upswing, the Great Recession is continuing to take its toll on many Americans who struggle to put food on the table, a Gallup survey released this week found. Nearly one in five Americans found it difficult to pay for […]

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Nearly a quarter of Indiana children are at risk of hunger

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Nearly 1 in every 4 Hoosier children are at risk of going hungry this year, according to a new study released by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity. The study looked into food insecurities at the county and congressional district level and round that that 22.7 […]

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Indiana communities compete to win money for food banks

By Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — A month long Facebook competition created by Walmart could help food banks in eleven Indiana communities win $1 million dollars to help hungry Hoosiers. The competition involves 200 communities that the retail giant selected from areas of the country with the highest unemployment rates. The Hoosier metropolitan […]