Seven-year-old Lexi Dodd of Plainfield waits in line with her box at the mobile Gleaners Food Pantry set up at Northview Christian Church to eliminate child hunger. Poor nutrition caused by persistent hunger can lead to many physical and behavioral problems for children. Matt Deitrich/The Star. For full Indianapolis Star article on Indianapolis child hunger, click here.
"We want to make sure our students are healthy and well fed so they can learn."
Funding for the free meal program comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. For a school to be eligible, at least 40 percent of its students must qualify for free meals. A grant covers the meal costs of students who don't meet the requirements for free meals. Under the program, families are not required to fill out applications.
This year, 77 percent of the 30,800 IPS students qualified for free meals based on their family income. Just 18 percent of students, or 5,500, are required to pay.
The poverty rate in Marion County well outpaced the state and nation; it increased 45% from 2005 to 2012 compared to a 28% increase in Indiana and 20% in the US. http://www.savi.org/savi/
The percentage of older Americans facing the threat of hunger is rising, according to a new report released Wednesday by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. Of Americans age 60 and older, 15.3 percent, or 9.3 million, face the threat of hunger, defined as lacking access to safe, affordable food at all times. Food insecurity is associated with poor health outcomes among older people.
Since the onset of the recession in 2007 until 2012, the latest year figures were available, the percentage of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger increased 28 percent. The number of Americans 60 and older during that period rose from 51.6 million to 60.4 million, or 17 percent. Washington Post May 21, 2014
Learn more about Senior Hunger here.
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