OUR STORY

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana was founded in 1983 and we haven’t stopped fighting hunger since. As a non-profit organization, funded by philanthropic and community support, we’re devoted to feeding the hungry, advocating for those with food insecurity and providing nutrition education. We fight hunger by working with partner agencies, local schools, corporate partners and a wide network of volunteers to serve hundreds of people each week.

Feeding_America_logo.svgSecond Harvest is a member of Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Being a member of Feeding America allows us to access donated product, professional resources and a network of other like-minded organizations across the country.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide help for today by feeding the hungry and hope for tomorrow by addressing the causes of food insecurity while empowering people toward self-sufficiency.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to see people in East Central Indiana free from hunger and self-sufficient.

HUNGER & POVERTY

1 in 7 Americans struggles to get enough to eat. In fact, hunger or food insecurity exists in virtually every community in the United States. For people in East Central Indiana, hunger is a reality for 74,000 people. Hunger is not confined to a neighborhood, a gender, an age or a race.

Hunger

a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat.

Food Insecurity

the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.

Poverty and hunger in America often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. People living above the poverty line are often at risk of hunger as well.

Rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally higher than urban households. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers.

46.7 million people living in poverty 15%
15.5 million children living in poverty 21%
48.1 million people living in a food insecure household 15%
More than 15 million children living in a food insecure household 21%

SECOND HARVEST VITAL STATISTICS

2016 Support & Revenue
     85% Donated Food
     6% Contributions
     1% Federal Awards
     3% Grants
     4% Agency Contributions
     1% Other
2016 Expense
     96% Program Expenses
     2% Management Expenses
     2% Fundraising Expenses

HUNGER STATISTICS IN EAST CENTRAL INDIANA

County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
12,47613.9%1,740
County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
117,33517.2%20,150
County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
68,89615.5%10,690
County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
49,14614.2%6,970
County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
21,25513.5%2,860
County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
130,28015.3%19,970
County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
25,59613.9%3,550
County PopulationFood Insecurity RateFood Insecure People
32,35813.0%4,220

Food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the country. Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap project offers information about local food insecurity.
2016 Statistics

  • Food insecurity exists in all 3,142 counties and 436 congressional districts in all 50 states.
  • 1 in 7 people across the United States struggles with hunger. The average county food-insecurity rate as of 2014 is 14.7%
  • The average county child food-insecurity rate in 2014 is 22.8% – more than 8% higher than the average overall county food-insecurity rate
  • More than half of the counties with the highest rates of overall food insecurity are rural (located outside both metropolitan and micropolitan areas) though rural counties make up less than half of all U.S counties