Thirty-seven Hoosier organizations that tackle food insecurity are being awarded grants today to mark World Food Day.
The latest report from the USDA shows that 15 percent of families in Indiana struggle to provide enough food, higher than the national average.
The Glick Philanthropies Feeding Those in Need program awarded funds to non-profits groups in communities across Indiana that address this problem.
Glick advisor Ryan Brady says the money aims for organizations providing long-term impact.
“Not only providing immediate relief but hopefully building relationships with individuals so they can better connect them with services that can address their needs or reach their goals,” Brady says.
The funds are going to food pantries, urban gardens and community centers with an emphasis on access to healthy and nutritious food. Brady says many of the nonprofits implement creative solutions on this front.
“Through community gardens, through better partnerships with for-profit organizations, grocers that are donating food or distributing produce that would otherwise go out of date,” says Brady.
Glick is providing more than $300,000 this year with plans to continue the effort. Brady says there are people in every corner of the state that need help.
“Anyone can become food insecure, it’s something that can hit if you lose your job or your trying to make ends meet and stretch your paycheck,” says Brady, “It’s a really difficult challenge.”