Indiana Will increase Funding for Meals Financial institution – WKVI Info Heart
The state of Indiana has more than tripled the amount of money allocated to food banks. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture says a total of $ 1 million will be distributed to 11 plaques under the General Assembly’s two-year budget.
At the local level, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, which serves Marshall, Starke, and four other counties, saw its allocation increase from less than $ 35,000 last year to nearly $ 116,000 this year. Food Finders Food Bank, which spans 16 counties of Pulaski and Fulton, grew from less than $ 28,000 to more than $ 93,000.
The funding boost comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for food aid. The state’s food banking association, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, says nearly 1.2 million hoosiers were food insecure at the height of the pandemic. They estimate that over 13 percent of Hoosiers are still unsure where their next meal will come from, including one in six children.
Funding was distributed using the Emergency Food Assistance Program fair share percentages, which are based on the county’s poverty and unemployment levels.