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Posted by Indy Hunger on Aug 19, 2013


 Elders at the Table Receives $150,000 Grant to Alleviate Senior Hunger in Central Indiana 

INDIANAPOLIS (July 15, 2013) —The Elders at the Table (EAT) Coalition received a $150,000 grant from the Central Indiana Senior Fund, a CICF Fund, for its Alleviating Senior Hunger initiative. The grant will help EAT implement comprehensive and integrated strategies to increase low-income seniors’ knowledge of and access to nutritious food sources. This initiative will be administered through CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana and other EAT coalition members.

 According to the Meals on Wheels Association of America, 8.3 million seniors face the threat of hunger every day in the United States. Reports show that in Indiana, 51 percent of households with seniors age 65 and older experience low food security and 14 percent experience very low food security, making Indiana the 12th highest state in senior food insecurity rankings.

 “Seniors are often the forgotten generation,” said Kelli Tungate, chief operating officer for CICOA. “Malnutrition and food insecurity, when coupled with chronic health conditions and the medications used to treat those conditions, can be devastating to an aging adult, leading to increased hospitalizations, exacerbation of chronic health conditions and possibly unnecessary and costly nursing facility placement.”

 According to EAT program coordinators, the initiative will:

  • Provide seniors with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefit and application assistance. Currently, only 31 percent of Indiana households with seniors are enrolled in SNAP, one of the lowest SNAP participation rates in the Midwest.
  • Increase the number of food vouchers distributed to Central Indiana seniors by 50 percent and increase the number of food voucher distribution sites by at least 12.
  • Develop a Proxy Shopper Program through Meals on Wheels that recruits and trains volunteers to shop for homebound seniors at food pantries and deliver their groceries.
  • Create convenient, co-located senior friendly food pantries at congregate meal sites to help seniors who face difficulties obtaining food from traditional food pantries. 
  • Provide senior nutrition and food access education, through the Purdue Extension SNAP-Ed Program, on the EAT Coalition website and in print.

The Alleviating Senior Hunger initiative target adults age 60 and older who reside in Central Indiana who are living at 200 percent or below Federal Poverty Guidelines. The coalition anticipates that 100 percent of the seniors targeted will be at-risk for hunger and/or malnutrition due to limited mobility, isolation, disability, lack of transportation, chronic health conditions and income.

Barb Morris, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana said, “EAT members have spent the last year developing our collaboration strength and resources through the coalition, and it is because of this that we can now focus on providing sustainable new services to our area seniors.”

About Elders at the Table (EAT)
The EAT Coalition was created and funded in 2006 by the Indianapolis Retirement Home Fund, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) Fund, as an initiative to strengthen the senior food provision network in Central Indiana. EAT is a coalition of nonprofit organizations dedicated to ensuring that every Central Indiana senior has access to nutritious meals on a daily basis. The coalition works together to maintain, enhance, and expand a network of providers that meet seniors’ basic food needs with a strong system of senior-serving meal and food providers in Central Indiana.

The EAT Coalition aims to be an integral part of delivering improved nutrition outcomes, therefore enabling seniors in Central Indiana to experience a higher quality of life in the 8-county Indianapolis metropolitan area. Approximately 6,000 seniors are currently served by the 20+ member EAT coalition, which includes CICOA, Meals on Wheels and the Purdue Extension Services-Marion County. For a complete list of member organizations, go to


Posted by Indy Hunger on Feb 28, 2012

Media Contact: Alicia Hammonds, Publicis Indianapolis, 317.644.8102




INDIANAPOLIS (February 29, 2012) – If your family member, neighbor, or co-worker didn’t have enough to eat, would you feed them? If you knew that 1 in every 6 people struggles with hunger, would you help? Our community is suffering from an epidemic that can be eliminated. To fight the problem, leading anti-hunger organizations have created a coalition, Indy Hunger Network, to create a system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access food by 2015.

The Indy Hunger Network is an all-volunteer led coalition consisting of leading anti-hunger organizations, both public and private, in Indianapolis. The food system that feeds the hungry in our community is large and complex. By working together to make the food system more efficient and effective we can dramatically reduce hunger.

"Hunger isn't a ‘one size fits all’ problem. Each organization brings its own unique expertise, experience and resources to the table. Together we have been able to identify gaps and explore opportunities that might have otherwise been overlooked, and our community is stronger for it," said Jennifer Vigran, CEO of Second Helpings.

Dave Miner, veteran hunger activist, serves as the chairperson of this volunteer led organization. The coalition is currently in the process of becoming a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. To learn more, visit

Partners of the collation include:

  • CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions
  • Connect2Help
  • Elders at the Table (EAT)
  • Elanco
  • Department of Education
  • Gleaners Food Bank
  • Indianapolis Mayor’s Office
  • Interfaith Hunger Initiative
  • Marion County Health Department (WIC)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Midwest Food Bank
  • Second Helpings
  • St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)


“Our partnership will strengthen our mission of bridging the gap between prosperity and poverty as we continue to deliver relief and hope to those in need,” said John Whitaker, director of operations for the Midwest Food Bank.



See what our partners are saying about Indy Hunger Network

We are excited to be involved with this strong coalition of agencies dedicated to ensuring that anyone in our community who needs food knows where to go to get that food. We look forward to continuing this initiative to end hunger and to increase food security for everyone in Indianapolis. – Lynn Engel, Connect2Help 2-1-1 President and CEO

Meals on Wheels is pleased to be a part of this network. We serve a very vulnerable population which is often overlooked by traditional community services,” said. “By being a part of a large collaboration, it allows us to maximize all of our local food resources and provide the very best to our homebound clients behind closed doors. – Barb Morris, Meals on Wheels Executive Director

The Indianapolis Hunger Network has allowed CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions to build stronger partnerships for service and improve the coordination of efforts among agencies in our community. Working together we can reach raise awareness and help ensure that no one need go hungry. – Orion Bell, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions CEO

Elanco is proud to be an active and engaged member of the Indy Hunger Network. We strongly believe that through the network's combined public and private efforts, all individuals in our local community can have access to the food and nutrition they need and deserve. – Glenn Moehling, Elanco Corporate Responsibility

Thanks to the Indy Hunger Network team members, the Network partners' collaboration with each other and with the food source organizations such as Gleaners Food Bank and Second Helpings has been very successful in improving the surplus food distribution process. We are pleased to be able to share our best practices from the nearly 13-year history of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Client Choice Pantry operation with other agencies, and to learn their best practices, toward the elimination of hunger in the Indianapolis area. – Pete Withey, SVdP Indy Hunger Network representative.

The city of Indianapolis embraces and encourages public-private partnerships that improve the quality of life for our residents. The city’s Front Porch Alliance and Indianapolis Hunger Network work together to ensure no child goes hungry – a collaboration that has long-term benefits for those it impacts. – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

Through our partnership with the Indy Hunger Network and the Childhood Hunger Initiative, the MSD of Wayne Township has been provided with valuable resources and support to expand the Summer Meal Program through the Summer Servings promotion.  The growth and success of our summer feeding program has helped Wayne Township Schools reach more children who would otherwise go without access to healthy, nutritious meals when school is out. – Sara Gasiorowski, MSD of Wayne Township Food Service Director

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is privileged to be partnering with the members of the Indy Hunger Network as we work together—alongside thousands of concerned citizens—in response to the hunger crisis in our community. In Gleaners’ service area, the challenging economy has left over 300,000 Hoosiers struggling with hunger and food insecurity, including one out of every five children. The partnership of the Indy Hunger Network is moving us closer to the realization of our shared vision. – Cynthia H. Hubert, Gleaners Food Bank President and CEO

Together we hope to make Indianapolis hunger free for children and families by helping our food distribution system work more effectively for those who are hungry in our community. ­– Rev. Kent Millard, Interfaith Hunger Initiative President