Zionsville Times Sentinel

December 11, 2013

Food pantry coalition forms in county

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

---- — Area churches and organizations that offer food assistance are being asked to join a food pantry coalition to help alleviate hunger in Boone County.

More than 6,000 Boone County residents are considered “food insecure,” meaning they wake each morning not knowing if they will have enough to eat that day, according to Feeding America, a group that includes 202 food banks. About two-thirds of those people do not qualify for federal or state assistance and must rely on food pantries or soup kitchens for adequate meals.

“We’re just hoping to increase communications within the pantries,” said Lisa Cangany, a Purdue Extension Boone County educator who helped start the Boone County Food Pantry Coalition.

A desire to share information between groups providing food assistance triggered the idea for the food pantry coalition, she said. Cangany, Theresa Hanners of The Caring Center, and the United Way of Central Indiana’s Boone County chapter are coordinating the project.

“We have different resources we can provide to the pantries,” Cangany said at the Wednesday, Dec. 4, meeting of the Boone County Healthy Coalition.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.