INDIANAPOLIS – Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis wanted to be sure.
The church community had long felt that its Northside Mission Ministry was positively impacting Washington Township, but could anything more be done, any additional resources leveraged?
With help from SAVI, NMM identified needs down to the street level to reveal gaps and identify the crucial unmet needs in their community: housing, utilities assistance, food and clothing assistance. Leveraging its SAVI data, NMM was empowered to build a broad coalition of service providers in the township that is now working to meet these needs.
By Timothy Gondola, SAVI Intern
Central Indiana’s 11 counties are home to 30% of the state’s 6,537,334 Hoosiers. Of this population, 290,550 (15%) are food insecure.1 The Great Recession and the subsequent sluggish recovery have led to a 30% surge in American households confronting food insecurity, an increase of twelve million people facing hunger from 2007 to 20102. Despite these staggering numbers, most Americans are unaware of the severity of this growing problem. While it may seem that Indiana’s disadvantaged are well taken care of by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly food stamps) and other federal programs, the reality is that this funding, in conjunction with assistance from charitable agencies still does not meet many households’ food needs. Many families face the dilemma of choosing between food and other necessities.
By Sharon Kandris
As you’re probably aware from recent news reports, Feeding America recently released its annual Map the Meal Gap report, with statistics on the state of hunger across the nation. According to its report, food insecurity (not always knowing where your next meal will come from) is affecting 1 out of every 6 people in the Indy MSA – that’s more than 266,000 people.
What you may NOT know is that more than one-third (35%) of those 266,000 food insecure are not eligible for federal food assistance such as SNAP – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; WIC – the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children; and free and reduced school breakfast and lunch.