The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”
- According to Feeding America, unemployment is the best predictor of food insecurity. In 2013, 7% of Indiana children had at least one parent who was considered to be unemployed. Read more.
- In 9.6% of households with children, adults were food insecure, but children were shielded from reduced food intake or disrupted eating patterns. Read more.
- Consequences of hunger in children may include low academic achievement, social and behavioral problems, poor health, and stunted development. Read more.
- Among all households served by Indiana agencies and programs, 61% had at least on member who has been employed in 2013. Read more.
- Bread for the World
- Indy Hunger Network
- Second Helpings
- Feeding Indiana’s Hungry
- Gleaner’s Food Bank
- Women, Infants and Children benefits (WIC)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Summer Food Service Program
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about food stability here.
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about healthy food access here.
Youth Champion: Dave Miner, Indy Hunger Network & Bread for the World
- Tell us about the work you do.
I have provided leadership to organizations seeking to end hunger in the US and abroad. Indy Hunger Network is a collaboration of organizations in Greater Indianapolis that promotes access for all to nutritious food through a sustainable hunger relief system. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
- Why did decide to go into this line of work?
I have a PhD in Chemistry and worked at Lilly for 28 years, retiring a few years ago. Along the way I became aware of the problem of hunger and over time my engagement grew. When the time came that I was able to retire I was looking forward to being able to be a full time volunteer. One thing led to another and soon I was involved with several anti-hunger organizations.
- What is the most rewarding part of your work?
It is very possible to provide enough food assistance for all that need it in the US but to do it we need public and private, faith based and secular, non-profit and for profit all working together. I get great satisfaction from assembling groups of diverse people to tackle system improvements together. It is also very rewarding to see the huge progress that can be made. Through these organizations I have been able to be part of providing ten of millions of additional meals to people in need.
- What is the most challenging part of your work?
The need for food assistance in Indy is between 1 / 4 and 1 / 5 of residents or over 200,000 people. Many many good people are responding. What I find most troubling are folks who seem to be completely unaware of the extent of the need or are unsympathetic to people who cannot feed their families. I was working at a food pantry the other day and a young man came through. He was very pleased that he finally had a roof over his head but once his lease was paid he had literally just $4 to his name he could spend on food. He was very grateful for what he received from the pantry. Folks like this gentleman deserve our help.
- How will you work with MCCOY in the future?
Advocacy for hungry people is THE most important thing we can do. I look forward to working with MCCOY on advocacy for youth.
- Where do you see yourself and your organization in the next five years?
Bread for the World, along with many partners, seeks to make hunger and poverty one of the top 10 priorities for the next administration in Washington. If we commit to do something we could make a lot of progress! Here in Indy, I look forward to having a sustainable system that can provide enough healthy food so that no child need go hungry.