TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As part of Hunger Action Month, Feeding America along with their local partner Catholic Charities works to provide meals to several counties across West Central Indiana.
Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the nation. After moving into their new food bank in June of 2019, staff say it was helpful to have almost a year to prepare before the pandemic began.
“Feeding America through its network of food banks across the country provides emergency food assistance to every single county in the United States,” Jennifer Buell, assistant agency director for Terre Haute Catholic Charities.
During the last fiscal year that ended on June 30th, provided more special meals for certain holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“Last year alone we were able to distribute 5.6 million pounds of food and quite honestly we thank God every day that we were in this new facility when the COVID pandemic hit,” Buell said. “There’s no way we could have been able to distribute that much food through out old warehouse.”
In order to better serve the community statistics are taken to help prepare for the amount of food that will be needed to take care of all families who may be food insecure.
“The need has increased over the past 18 months and Feeding America, our national food bank network makes available to us map the meal gap data,” Buell said. “So every year they’re looking at the number of individuals in our community who are food insecure.”
Catholic Charities conducts a food distribution every third Saturday of the month. They also say they plan to have more special holiday meals this year in the November and December.