As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana’s Charitable Food Distribution Network (12 food banks and about 1,750 pantries and community kitchens) experienced a 50% increase in visits from Hoosiers needing access to food – to about 70,000 households per week. Food banks also experienced a 30% increase in food pricing from wholesalers as well as delayed deliveries and other increased operational expenses combined with a significant need for volunteers to staff food banks.
With this in mind, the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration created “Operation Food” to partner and collaborate with this network and hunger relief organizations like Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. Operation Food is a coordinated effort to leverage resources and work together as a state to serve Hoosiers’ hunger needs during COVID-19. Significant emphasis has been given to address vulnerable populations, including elderly and children.
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