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Goal – Through good work of IHN partners and many others the number of meals provided in Marion County grew by 40 million over the last three years.

Collaborations – Working together in IHN has allowed IHN partner organizations to regularly identify opportunities for collaborative improvements to the assistance system.

Community Awareness – Working together through events and advocacy the partners in IHN have had a collective impact on community awareness and engagement to end hunger.

Sustainability – IHN has helped our non-profit partners improve their fund raising capabilities.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – The Fresh Group convened in 2012 to explore ways to systematically increase the supply of fruits and vegetables available through food assistance programs. 

School Breakfast Program – Students who have not eaten breakfast do not perform as well in school. The Indy Hunger Network took a close look at the breakfast program in all townships to learn what opportunities were possible for expansion with this program.  Our findings concluded that food service directors were championing the program in their district when possible given a variety of challenges they faced.

Summer Servings – Summer Servings is part of USDA’s Summer Food Service Program which provides free, nutritious meals to children in low income areas during the summer when school meals are not available. Indy Hunger Network supports Summer Servings through an extensive marketing campaign and VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) who canvas communities and neighborhoods promoting the program.  Results from 2013 showed an increase of more than 40,000 total lunches despite the summer being substantially shorter due to school calendar changes. To learn more go to summerservings.org, call 2-1-1, or text the word FOOD to 36729.

For schools interested in starting a Breakfast in the Classroom program, please view the attached Guidebook for an easy “how to get started” overview. Click here to download.