Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry will be holding its annual “Meat” the Need Benefit on Saturday, September 7th, 2019, at Kruse Plaza in Auburn, Indiana. This event will consist of a buffet-style dinner catered by Dutch Heritage, raffles, silent auction, and live auction. 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 food-insecure residents. “We hope the community joins us at this event so that we can raise the funds necessary to continue to provide this service! You must pre-register for this event! Registration forms are available online at www.hoosiers feedingthehungry.org, at our office at 4490A State Road 327, Garrett, or contact myself or Becca at 260-233-1444 for additional options!” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.
There are many Hoosiers out there who are working full-time, trying to pay their bills and afford to put enough food on the table to feed their families. According to the latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap report, Indiana has 887,070 people struggling with hunger – 273,380 of which are children and a third of Indiana residents who are food insecure can’t qualify for assistance. Protein, an important component of every cell in the body and one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford. Food insecurity can also lead to loss of muscle mass and bone frailty, decreased immune system, babies with lower birth weights, and damage to a child’s ability to learn and grow – as the lack of healthy food results in people receiving fewer nutrients.
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. Their goal is to provide this protein-packed meat to hunger-relief agencies within Indiana to assist those in need of additional food services. Getting groceries at local food banks and pantries guarantees healthy meals for families when they need extra help. This program works to ensure that these agencies have meat, allowing them to provide fresh nutritious protein for hungry local families. This effort will help build stronger, healthier communities by meeting a basic need – reducing food insecurity and empowering people by getting them back on track to hunger-free, independent living.
“We have over $50,000 in prizes to raffle and auction off!” shared Becca Stezowski, Event Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Some of our prizes include – Cruise to Alaska, skydiving, winery and brewery trips, guns, Yeti, several vacation and getaway packages (Gatlinburg, Indy, Chicago, French Lick), skiing and golf packages, and so much more!”
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.Hoosiers FeedingtheHungry.org.