Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry“Meat” the Need
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry
“Meat” the Need
According to the latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap report, St. Joseph County has nearly 38,000 residents who struggle with food insecurity, regularly finding it difficult to buy groceries to feed their families. Receiving help from local food banks and pantries is frequently the only way these residents can hope to obtain enough food for healthy meals. Protein, an important component of a healthy diet and the most expensive, is unfortunately, difficult for hunger relief agencies to obtain.
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is an organization dedicated to providing nutritious lean protein to Indiana families in need through local food banks and pantries. Founded in 2011, they encourage hunters and farmers to donate large game and livestock to their “Meat” the Need program through a network of participating meat processors. They also raise the financial support necessary to pay the processing fees so there is no cost to donors. Over the last ten years, they’ve paid to process over 1.8 million pounds of meat, providing in excess of 7.4 million meals to Indiana residents.
Donated Venison and Beef
Food Bank of Northern Indiana- Donation Pick-Up
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry submitted a grant application to support their “Meat” the Need program. The funds were to be used to pay the processing costs for donated game and livestock within St. Joseph County. The Foundation, acknowledging local pantries’ need for lean meat and the organization’s past success, was pleased to approve this request.
St. Joseph County 4H
HFH- Hoosier Meat Processor