2010 Feeding America Hunger In America Executive Summary - State report prepared for Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc.
A landmark study released in February 2010 by Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, reports that more than 694,500 people, including 295,857 children, receive emergency food each year through the 10 member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc.
Hunger in America 2010: Indiana State Report is the first statewide hunger study ever and the first research study to capture the significant connection between the recent economic downturn and an increased need for emergency food assistance. The number of children and adults in need of food as a result of experiencing food insecurity has significantly increased.
Statewide, more than 36 percent of client households are experiencing “very low food security”, formerly termed “hunger” in federal statistical reports. This means that one or more household members experience reductions in food intake or disruptions in eating patterns due to a lack of adequate resources for food.
An estimated 117,900 Hoosiers receive emergency food assistance each week from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other agency served by the member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc.