(MARTINSVILLE) – South Central Indiana (SCI) REMC recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry funds to aid in hunger relief efforts in the form of a grant totaling $3,000 through Operation RoundUp; a program used to serve non-profit organizations within SCI REMC’s service area.
These funds will be used to pay processing fees on livestock donated to agencies serving food-insecure residents within the counties of Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Brown, Johnson, Clay, and Putnam.
According to Feeding America, over 880,000 people in Indiana are struggling with hunger – 274,000 of which are children. More than ever, families are struggling to buy groceries.
Food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens work to protect the most vulnerable and under-served in our communities. These agencies continue to face increased demand.
Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children and the health of all Hoosiers. That is why protein, an important component of every cell in the body and one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children, is so important. Sadly, it is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain, especially now.
This grant will allow Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to pay for the processing of approximately 2,500 pounds of donated livestock – providing over 10,300 more meals through local hunger-relief agencies. “We are so thankful to have a partner like SCI REMC, who is committed to helping us respond to the needs of our communities facing hunger. A meal provided to a person in need means reduced hunger and increased disposable income and right now, that is so important.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.