Indiana Home lives as much as its promise to assist native meals banks | Indiana

Indiana House members raised more than $ 7,500 and raised more than 1,100 groceries during this year’s legislature to donate to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, an association of 11 Hoosier food banks, including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

State officials also volunteered at local boards as part of the House of Representatives 11th consecutive Joint Service Project for Republican and Democratic lawmakers, a tradition started in 2011 by retired House Representative Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis.

In Merrillville, State Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, and State Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Crown Point, recently spent a day packing groceries and loading the boxes into the vehicles of food insecure hoosiers who run the food bank.

“Local boards like the one here in northwest Indiana do a phenomenal job of collecting and providing the necessary items for Hoosiers in need,” said Olthoff.

“Fortunately, Indiana’s Hungry Meals are being donated in large numbers through chalkboards and feeding to support needy individuals and families across the state.”

Northwest Indiana Food Bank serves Lake and Porter counties. Some of the most needed items include macaroni and cheese, canned protein, and peanut butter.

People looking for help, donating or volunteering can find more information online at

“If you have all week off or have extra food in your pantry, you can help your community volunteer at a nearby food bank or donate canned goods and other non-perishable items,” Slager said.

The Indiana General Assembly last month also increased state funding for Indiana food banks to $ 1 million per year in 2022 and 2023, up from $ 300,000 per year in the current 2020-21 state budget.

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