Q: What is Indy Hunger Network?
A: It is a coalition of representatives of leading anti-hunger organizations, both public and private, in Indianapolis.
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—mostly in churches—in Indianapolis alone. Indy Hunger Network believes that by working together to make the system more efficient and effective it can dramatically reduce hunger.
Q: What does Indy Hunger Network do?
A: Indy Hunger Network builds on the strengths and capabilities of the many existing community organizations and encourages the public to support them. IHN’s goal is to identify key opportunities to make the system work better for hungry people.
Q: Can the Indy Hunger Network help my family get food?
A: While the Indy Hunger Network supports the work of food pantries and food banks, we do not directly deal with food. Our job is to make sure that people who need access to food have access to food. If you need assistance, visit connect2help211.org or call 211.
Q: What is Connect2Help211?
A: Connect2Help211 is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate connections between people who need human services and those who provide them. The service is free to use.
Q: Who is involved in Indy Hunger Network?
A: Partners of the Indy Hunger Network include: Connect2Help211, CICOA, Department of Education, Elanco, FSSA, Gleaners Food Bank, La Plaza, Marion County Public Health Department, the City of Indianapolis, Meals on Wheels, Midwest Food Bank, Second Helpings, St. Vincent de Paul, WIC and the YMCA.
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.
Q: What should we expect from Indy Hunger Network?
A: Indy Hunger Network has completed multiple improvement projects over its years of operation and has several more projects currently underway. These include increasing utilization of WIC, increasing access to food via development of a smartphone app, and strengthening the network of food pantries. You should expect IHN to serve as a reliable, data-based partner in working to ensure that no one goes hungry.