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State Gives Food Banks Additional Money During Pandemic

By Stephanie Wiechmann, IPR News | Published on in Community, Government, Health, Local News
Volunteers unload food to be distributed at a previous Second Harvest Food Bank tailgate. (Photo: Second Harvest)

The state of Indiana is giving more funding to food banks, at a time when those agencies are distributing more food to support Hoosiers during the pandemic.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

The state says $300,000 in additional money comes from the state Department of Agriculture as part of the biennial budget.

In this area, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana will receive $23,640 in additional dollars.

Feeding Indiana’s Hungry estimates food insecurity among Hoosiers will rise by 40 percent because of COVID-19.

March 14 to May 14 food distribution (Graphic: Second Harvest Food Bank)


That rise can be seen at Second Harvest.  During the months of March, April, and May – when a state stay-at-home order left many temporarily unemployed as businesses closed – Second Harvest distributed more than four million meals.  In 2019 during the same months, it distributed 2.3 million meals.

The number of “tailgate” food distributions more than doubled and the number of people served at the tailgates nearly quadrupled from these months last year.

Second Harvest says it is also continuing to raise donations to continue serving people.  Through the end of August, it says community supporters will match any donation that comes in, up to $100,000.

Food banks around the state receiving money from the Indiana Department of Agriculture:

  • Community Harvest Food Bank – $29,970
  • Dare to Care Food Bank – $10,890
  • Food Bank of Northern Indiana – $34,890
  • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana – $29,310
  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. – $27,720
  • FreeStore Foodbank– $2,490
  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. – $96,480
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Inc. – $12,960
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central IN, Inc. – $23,640
  • Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, Inc. – $13,230
  • Tri-State Food Bank, Inc. – $18,420