Henry County to aid in hunger relief

new castle courier times The New Castle Walmart store has provided a $300 grant to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry as part of the 2015-2016 Meat the Need donation program. This grant will be used to pay all processing fees for donated meat in Henry County, which will then be distributed to area hunger relief agencies.

According to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, approximately one out of every four households within Indiana that have children report not being able to afford enough food to feed their family. Over 30 percent of Hoosiers regularly have to choose between paying bills or buying food.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages hunters and farmers to donate large game and livestock to participating butchers to be processed, packaged and picked up by local hunger relief agencies to be distributed within the community that it was donated, where funding is available. There are no charges or fees to the donor. This nutritious meat/protein is vital to brain and body development in children and young adults. It is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. A grant for $300 will provide almost 900 meals to Henry County residents in need.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry will work with the Knightstown Locker, Maddie Moos Custom Meats and Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana to make this possible. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has partnered with area food banks and butcher shops to help provide over 105,000 pounds of meat during the 2014-2015 season, providing almost 420,000 meals to Indiana residents in need. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has provided over one million meals to date, working throughout Indiana.

For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and participating processors, and how to help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.

— Information provided by Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

This article appeared in the New Castle Courier Times on April 29, 2015