Pack the Pantries 2015
Pack the Pantries is a city-wide effort that raises awareness about issues of hunger in our community and encourages residents to help their neighbors during the holiday season when the need is greater. All donations benefit Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners Food Bank who provide hunger relief to Indianapolis children and families.
Since Pack the Pantries launched in 2008, the Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s Front Porch Alliance and community partners have donated over 200,000 pounds of food and raised more than $100,000.
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Many people in your local community go without food every day. According to Feeding America, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households in 2013. In 2011, 4.8 million senior citizens were food insecure. In Indiana, 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger. From 2010 to 2012, about 13.5 percent of households in Indiana were considered to have very low food security (Indiana’s Emergency Food Resource Network). Hunger and poverty exist right in your backyard.
Feeding Hungry Children
Families with children are especially prone to food insecurity. In 2013, households with children — particularly those headed by single parents — had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average. This lack of food affects more than a child’s nutrition. Hungry children are more likely to have problems in school, speech issues, less social interaction, and various health problems. Without these hurdles, children can grow into productive members of society. Therefore, helping to feed needy families benefits your community as a whole.