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