The American Legion Post #97 has provided a grant for $1,000 to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry 2015-2016 ³Meat² the Need donation program. This grant will be used to pay all processing fees for donated meat in DeKalb County, which will then be distributed to area hunger relief agencies.
According to Feeding Indiana¹s Hungry, approximately 1 out of every 4 households within Indiana (that have children) report an inability to be able to afford enough food to feed their family and over 30% of Hoosiers regularly have to choose between paying bills or buying food. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages hunters and farmers to donate large game and livestock to one of our participating butchers to be processed, packaged, and picked up by local hunger relief agencies to be distributed within the community that it was donated and where funding is available. There are no charges or fees to the donor. This nutritious meat/protein that is vital to brain and body development in children and young adults, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. A grant for $1,000 will provide almost 3,000 meals to DeKalb County residents in need.
We will be working with Community Harvest Food Bank, D & D Meats, Pettisville Meats (formerly IQ Meats), and other local hunger relief/crisis agencies (ie. Shelter Ministries), to ensure that DeKalb County residents have access to this nutritious protein. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has partnered with area food banks and butcher shops to help provide almost 400,000 pounds of meat during the in the last five years, providing almost 1.6 million meals to Indiana residents in need.