About a third of Hoosiers are often at risk of going hungry but aren’t eligible for federal food assistance. The latest Map the Meal Gap report has been released, and it shows 31 percent of state residents who are food insecure can’t qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Emily Weikert Bryant with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says what that means is they have to turn to food banks, churches and civic organizations in order to get enough to eat. Congress is currently debating the 2018 Farm Bill and could put more restrictions on who is eligible for SNAP. Weikert Bryant worries how the changes she characterizes as taking an ax to SNAP will impact the state’s children, seniors and veterans who rely on it. Overall food insecurity in Indiana ranges from a low of about 9 percent of the population in Hamilton County to more than 18 percent in Marion County. The statewide average food-insecurity rate is about 14 percent, which mirrors the national numbers.
May 3rd, 2018|Local News|