There are several programs in the Muncie area that assist those who are dealing with food insecurity. Some of these programs are: Indiana school breakfast and lunch program, Second Harvest Food bank and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program. These three programs help those who suffer from food insecurity but do so in different ways.
The Indiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program is a program open to those children who live in a low income household. “National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a Federal entitlement program open to public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Lunch is available to all children at participating schools, and the meals must meet specific nutritional requirements to receive Federal funds (Indiana Department of Education, 2013). This Program is open to those who reside in Indiana and who are a parent or guardian of a child who in school, and does not continue beyond high school. This program has requirements that deal with the level of household income. The household income requirements deal with the household income before taxes have been taken out. If there is a household of one person, they cannot make more than $21,257; a person in a two person household cannot make more than $28,694. This scale continues all the way to that a household of eight cannot make more than $73,316 (Indiana Department of Education, 2013).
The Second Harvest Food bank, located at 6621 N. Old SR 3 Muncie, IN 47303 can also be contacted by phone at 1(765) 287-8698. Second Harvest has several programs that they offer: Emergency Food Shelters, Emergency Soup Kitchens and the Tailgate program. All these programs focus on food distribution and open to low income residence. Some o...
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The mission of the agency is to “provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion, and education”. Volunteers were there to restock the shelves and bag the food for the clients. The staff duties consisted of interviewing clients and making sure the facility ran smoothly. Harvest Hope serves a diverse population residing within Lexington, West Columbia, and Cayce.
The Alameda County Community Food Bank has been in existence helping people since 1985 and serves as the central clearinghouse for donated food in Alameda County (Alameda County Food Bank, 2007). The Food Bank provides assistance to the low-income, working poor adults, the elderly, people with disabilities, abuse survivors, people living with AIDS, and the homeless (Alameda County Food Bank, 2007). Assistance is provided through numerous community based organizations and conducts community education on topics of hunger and poverty.
The food bank specifically serves residents of the central and northeast Missouri counties who qualify for food assistance based on low income and additional factors. Those in need are able to receive the food that the food bank distributes through partner non-for-profit agencies. The food bank is located on Vandiver Drive in C...
The members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) will be helping to set up a Pet Pantry Haledon. Some families in Haledon have trouble affording food and water for their pets and would like a place where they can have all these necessities for free. With the help and generosity of your company/store we can have the supplies needed.
In order to determine the prevalence of households that are food insecure, “The Food Security Supplement is administered annually to about 45,000 households as part of the monthly, nationally representative Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The supplement has been conducted annually since 1995.” (Health Indicators Warehouse, 2013). The survey was developed by the USDA in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, and asks participants questions about their confiden...
Why are there families with children that go all weekend without a meal while our grocery stores are overflowing with food, and our pantries at home have more than we need? If more people were educated about the reality of hunger in East Tennessee, then more people would be inclined to help resolve the problem. Through education this issue can be eradicated. There are ways to better inform East Tennesseans about the realities that plague our poverty stricken population that are ultimately avoidable. Volunteering and making donations to the food pantries and organizations in the area are two of the best ways to support the less fortunate who need aid. In East Tennessee, hunger is a much larger problem than most people know and could be reduced if more people were educated about it, new ways were found to promote feeding the hungry, people volunteered and donated.
In today’s world millions of individuals donate nonperishable goods to food banks in order to close the chasm between compensation and supplemental nutrition assistance programs. However, with a growing population and millions of hungry people, it is highly difficult to feed everyone. With that being said, a team of engineers in North Carolina has used systems and considerable amounts of data to improve programs that feed the hungry.
For some, the thought of their next meal is unquestionable, but for others, it is a matter of "if" or "when". The lack of adequate and nutritious food is the reality for many. In the summer of 2015, the Columbus Municipal and Starkville-Oktibbeha school districts took part in a national summer feeding program for impoverished students in the area. According to Philip Hickam, the Superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, approximately 4,000 meals were served weekly. The feeding program was praised very highly by participating administrators. Paula Baker, the Columbus High School Site Manager commented that "It's going well," while a parent whose children attended the feeding program mentioned that "it helps a lot with being able to stretch groceries." This feeding program is one of the few that offer free summer meals out of the 777 sites located in the state of Mississippi. Based on my past experiences of attending a summer feeding program, this article truly has ignited my passion to one day contribute to my community with positive attributions that could possibly someday eradicate child hunger.