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, approximately 883,260 Indiana residents regularly struggle with food insecurity – 274,080 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 and these agencies continue to face increased demand during these uncertain times,” said Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Proper nutrition is vital to the health of all Hoosiers. That is why protein is so important, and sadly, it is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain, especially now.”
“This grant will allow Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to continue and expand our mission of hunger relief by providing over 10,000 more meals through local hunger relief agencies. We are so grateful for the continued support of our efforts in responding to the needs of those in the community facing hunger. A meal provided to a person in need means reduced hunger and increased disposable income because they can spend less on food. Right now, that is so important.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.