food insecurity

 

Food banks and pantries across Indiana are seeing more people in need of assistance during the coronavirus crisis.

A lot of food pantries in Indiana are part of a network of food banks. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana, one of 11 regional banks, serves St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and Kosciusko counties.

 

Food insecurity in Indiana is down slightly according to an annual report from Feeding America but Hoosiers are still more likely to face hunger than the national average.

An Elkhart elementary school is sending leftover food home with some students to help feed them on the weekends.

Woodland Elementary School in Elkhart has teamed up with South Bend-based food rescue nonprofit Cultivate to send eight individual frozen meals home with 20 students every Friday until the end of the school year.

Cultivate's Jim Conklin says it takes well-prepared food, combines it with other food and makes individual frozen meals out if it.

Starting in March, able-bodied Hoosiers without dependents will need to be employed or attend a job training program to continue receiving SNAP benefits.