FOOD INSECURITY

Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to ending food insecurity, hunger, and poverty in East Central Indiana. In addition to our agency food pantries and soup kitchens, we have several programs dedicated to targeting the unique needs of our food insecure community members. These programs help fulfill our mission by providing help for today so we can see hope for tomorrow.

Seniors are one of the fastest growing groups of people to experience food insecurity. The number of seniors threatened with hunger increased by 47% from 2001 to 2014. Mobility and medical challenges set seniors up to be vulnerable to hunger. The Senior Safety Net Program is designed to create an easy to access location for seniors to receive nutritious foods. The program is intended to have a grocery shopping experience where seniors have a choice in the food they receive.

“Everyone is very thankful for this pantry.”- Rebecca Erlewein, Carriage House Muncie

If you are interested in learning more about the Senior Safety Net Program and how to partner to end senior hunger in our area please contact Sarah Ponto Rivera, Programs Manager srivera@curehunger.org.

Each year, over two million pounds of food goes directly to people in need through the Second Harvest Tailgate Program. This drive-through program meets people where they live by taking food to a central location in each of the eight counties we serve. Local volunteers help load cars as they drive through. Local United Way, business, and organizational support help fund this program.

“This food has helped me support my family.” – Tailgate Client

 

“The tailgate has pulled me and my family out of hard times.” – Tailgate Client

 

“We share with others that barely make it because of disabilities and fixed incomes, they don’t have a car.”  – Tailgate Client

If you are interested in learning more about the Tailgate Program and how to partner in your area please contact Sarah Ponto Rivera, Programs Manager srivera@curehunger.org.

Those experiencing poverty often have challenges accessing a healthy, diabetic-friendly diet. The goal of this program is to equip diabetics in poverty with access to nutritious food, education, and support to better manage their diabetes. Individuals with diabetes can find successful management through proper nutrition and a healthy diet. Currently, this program is provided through a partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Vincent Anderson, Open Door Health Clinic, and the Impact Center.

If your hospital is interested in learning more about participating in a Diabetic Program please contact: Sarah Ponto Rivera, Programs Manager srivera@curehunger.org.

Food Insecurity is known to negatively impact an individual’s ability to manage health concerns. 47% of food bank clients reported “fair” or “poor” health in 2014, according to the Center for Health law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and Feeding America. Second Harvest Food Bank partners with hospitals to provide nutritional food to vulnerable individuals to bridge their food gap.

If your hospital is interested in learning more about participating in a Hospital Food Pantry please contact: Sarah Ponto Rivera, Programs Manager srivera@curehunger.org.

When a college student is experiencing food insecurity opportunities for knowledge, learning, and personal development are negatively impacted. Second Harvest Food Bank is proud to partner with higher education facilities to assist with meeting the food needs of students. This program is ran by students for students to provide needed nutritional food to better assist students through their education.

If you are interested in learning more about the College Pantry Program and how to partner in your area please contact Sarah Ponto Rivera, Programs Manager srivera@curehunger.org.