From 2010 to 2013, the meal supply in Marion County had grown by 30 million meals per year. IHN’s goal had been to assure there was enough food for all, but no suitable metric for the remaining meal gap could be found. So in 2014, with help from IUPUI and USDA, a first-of-its kind survey of unmet need for food assistance was designed and executed. The study found that 21% of Marion County residents needed food assistance and estimated the unmet need for food at 9 million meals a year. This study became the basis for choosing the next round of improvement project. Since then, collaboration among nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Indianapolis has created a food assistance “safety net” that is helping nearly all food insecure households. Download the summary of the 2014 report.
A follow-up survey completed in February 2017 indicated that there hasn’t been a significant change in the percentage of people needing food assistance or those with unmet need. There was a drop in the number of meals missed by people with unmet need, and the overall gap in the number of meals needed to provide enough food for all dropped to 5 million. Download the summary of the 2017 report. Download the full 2014 report Download the full 2017 report