How does this new report challenge us to go forward? We have an extensive report (7 years of history) that we have created to help us measure our progress in each county. When we input the new food insecure data it shows that we have reached 61 percent of our goal with the amount of food that we are distributing. In 2012 we distributed over 10.5 million pounds or 7.9 million meals in just our eight counties and another 1.5 million to other food banks in the state. To reach the current goal it needs to be just under 20 million pounds or 15 million meals.
We are developing some new relationships in a few counties called Community Access Partners to help us get the fresh produce we acquire distributed in east central Indiana instead of sending high-quality perishables to other food banks because of time sensitivity. With well-established relationships, new relationships and your support we will make big strides to making local hunger a thing of the past.
Tim Kean is executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. His column appears the third Sunday of each month. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.