Basic nutritional needs.
Whether or not someone has enough food to fulfill the requirements of these three words, determines their level of hunger.
Within the status of underfed people, children and teens tend to bear the burden. A statistic that catches people off-guard, is the amount of Hoosier children involved in this tidal wave called hunger.
It goes like this. One in every 6 children are at risk of hunger in the state of Indiana.
While we care deeply about the well-being of our youngsters, children are not the only concern.
Families at large are extremely affected by the hunger crisis. Apparently, 12 percent of households in the state struggle to put food on the table.
Does this statistic bother you? Do you wish to help in the fight against hunger in the community?
It’s easier than you think. All you need to do, is support your local food pantry. In our area especially, the Mishawaka Food Pantry is the place to support.
“Here at the Mishawaka Food Pantry, we try to help alleviate the suffering caused by hunger,” said Mikes Hayes, the executive director of the pantry.
In 2016, we provided over 154,000 meals to families in need. The mission of the Pantry is to connect those who are caring and compassionate with who are most in need in our community.
Every week, we serve hot lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We have a hard-working chef who always strives to make delicious, nutritious meals and a wonderful, welcoming volunteer staff who work wearing a smile.
If you want to help directly, donations are always accepted here at the Pantry.
We always appreciate food, clothing items, miscellaneous things, and books. Don’t forget about the books.
“I do believe in an initiative in early childhood reading,” said Hayes.
He sits at his desk and contemplates. I asked about a look-to-the-future in hunger relief. His response was inspired by the mission of United Way, where the relationship of education and poverty is regularly discussed.
“We need to work with families in poverty to try and break the generational barrier of poverty by educating our children,” he said.
In his office, there are sticky notes and stacks of papers sprawled about. His office door stays open as visitors swing in and out nearly all day in need of bus passes, gas cards, and additional assistance.
The visitors leave almost always wearing a smile.
If you want to help alleviate the suffering, volunteer or donate today.
Here at the Mishawaka Food Pantry, we appreciate any means to fulfill the basic nutritional needs of those who need it in our Princess City.
Bread for the World—Indiana
Mishawaka Food Pantry, Inc.
Mike Hayes, executive director of the Pantry