Q: What is Indy Hunger Network?

A: Indy Hunger Network is a collaborative organization made up of representatives of leading anti-hunger organizations and corporations in the Greater Indianapolis area. By working together, we make the systems that feed the hungry more efficient and effective.

Q: Why is there a need for Indy Hunger Network?

A: The system that feeds the hungry is large and complex. For example, there are nearly 200 food pantries in Indianapolis alone. Indy Hunger Network believes that working together to make the system more efficient and effective will reduce hunger.

Q: What does Indy Hunger Network do?

A: Indy Hunger Network’s mission is to create a system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need. To accomplish this mission, we engage in the following activities:

  • Foster collaboration and coordination amongst partners and stakeholders
  • Advocate for policies that will alleviate hunger and its root causes
  • Lead programs that fill gaps in our hunger relief system outside of the mission of our partner organizations
  • Support hunger relief partners in their efforts to improve their efficiency and effectiveness 
  • Conduct research to monitor food insecurity in our community and inform our collective goals
  • Raise awareness of hunger and how to address it.

Q: Can Indy Hunger Network help my family get food?

A: While Indy Hunger Network supports the work of food pantries and food banks, we do not directly distribute food. Our job is to make sure that people who need access to food have access to food. If you need assistance, use Community Compass.

Q: Who does Indy Hunger Network work with?

A: The following organizations are members of the Indy Hunger Network.

  • CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions
  • City of Indianapolis
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • Elanco
  • Gleaners Food Bank
  • Grace Care Center
  • Indiana Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Midwest Food Bank
  • The Patachou Foundation
  • Second Helpings
  • Society of St. Andrew
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul

We also work closely with Bread for the World, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana University, Jump IN for Health Kids, Marion County Public Health Department, No Kid Hungry, Top Ten Coalition, and the network of food pantries in the Greater Indianapolis area.

Q: Who operates Indy Hunger Network?
A: Indy Hunger Network is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. It is a collective impact organization, which means it guides collaborative work among those working to end hunger in our community.