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Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry will be holding its annual Dinner & Auction on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, at Middaugh Hall (DeKalb County Fairgrounds) in Auburn, Indiana. This event will consist of a buffet-style dinner catered by Dutch Heritage, raffles, silent auction, and live auction. All proceeds will go to pay processing fees on large game and livestock with this nutritious protein being given to hunger relief agencies within Indiana to help residents in need of additional food services. “We are very excited about our ‘Meat’ the Need program,” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, “and hope the community joins us at this event so that we can raise the funds necessary to continue to provide this service.”

Even as the economy is improving, many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck. Indiana residents who must regularly choose between paying bills and buying groceries, continue to struggle to stay afloat but become even more in debt. In Indiana, approximately 1 out of every 4 households with children report an inability to afford enough food to feed their family. By assisting individuals and families that are struggling with this situation, the organization gives families the ability to avoid hunger and not have to choose between bills and groceries – allowing those aging and vulnerable populations to get back on track to hunger-free, independent living.

Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to our “Meat” the Need program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations, and gives this nutritious meat to hunger relief-agencies within Indiana. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them (farmers may write-off fair market value on taxes!), by taking large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area. The donation will be processed, packaged and local hunger-relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. The individuals and families that Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry serves are reached through food banks and other hunger- relief agencies whose services are strictly for low income and poor populations.

“We have over $40,000 in prizes!” shared Samantha Portner, Fundraising & Event Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Some of our prizes include – Trip to Alaska, wine tours, smart tvs, hunting and fishing gear, Yeti items, an electric smoker, custom meat processing and meat packs, tons of gift cards for restaurants, wine gift baskets, Coach handbags, and so much more!”

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