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Hunger Goes Beyond the Holiday Season in Indiana

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A cut in federal food assistance benefits last month means about $36 less a month in food stamp benefits and that difference is leading to longer lines at area food pantries.  
 
Tim Keane, of Second Harvest Foodbank says the reduction is an issue in particular for people who are struggling, " because their resources are stretched just as much as everyone else's,"  
 
Keane said hunger in Indiana is widespread, with one in six adults and one in four children considered "food insecure," not certain whether they'll have enough food for regular meals everyday.  
 
While some experts claim the economic recovery started more than a year ago, Keane said the increasing number of clients at their food pantries paints a different picture. "There may be more folks that now have found it difficult to find employment that will pay them a living wage," he said. "So, we see folks that maybe used to be our donors, are now are in line as clients receiving service." 
 
During the holiday season, helping others is top of mind for many people. But Kean said he's more worried about what happens to needy families after the first of the year. "January, February, March, where the weather is typically the worst, utility costs are typically the highest and resources may be more scarce than they've ever been," he said.
 
 
Keane believes local, state and federal leaders need to take a closer look at the reasons some people are struggling now more than ever, and develop long-term solutions.
 
 
For more information about hunger in Indiana and how you can help visit: http://www.curehunger.org


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