Fast Facts about Food Insecurity
- 25% of Marion County has ‘trouble putting food on the table’ (Indy Hunger Network)
- 21% of Black families in Marion County experience food insufficiency (Indy Hunger Network)
- 22% of LGBTQ+ adults live in poverty and are disproportionately affected by food insecurity (Feeding America)
- 20% of formerly incarcerated people say they are food insecure, with even higher rates among formerly incarcerated women and Black individuals.
- Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average for single-parent households, and for Black and Hispanic households. It is also more common in rural and urban areas. (USDA)
I want to help fight food insecurity:
- Join IHC’s Volunteer Circle
- Sign up to volunteer with Gleaners Food Bank
- Sign up to volunteer with Second Helpings
- Learn about gleaning opportunities with The Society of St. Andrew
- Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunities
- Volunteer at Popsie’s Pantry
- Learn about volunteering with Midwest Food Bank
Ways to Offer Financial Support or Donate Items:
- Donate to the IHC General Hunger Fund. Several hunger-related organizations throughout Central Indiana receive donations from this Fund. You can make a donation online or by mailing a check made payable to Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation with the memo line IHC Hunger Fund.
- Contact Rachel Katz at email@example.com to learn about Popsie’s Pantry’s current needs or to organize a collection for the pantry with your business or organization.
Me, or someone I know, needs support:
- Access Community Compass– a free, easy to use tool that shows you where you can find free food, WIC stores/clinics, and more.
- Call 211 or visit the Indiana 211 website to connect with meal services, food pantries, and other social services.
- Learn more about and apply for SNAP benefits
- Contact Popsie’s Pantry by calling Jewish Family Services at 317-259-6822. You can also email Julie Sondhelm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Find food pantries and organizations near you that offer free food.
- Learn about Lyft’s program that offers discounted rides to SNAP eligible grocery stores.
- Read about additional resources on the Indy Hunger Network website.