Collaboration fights food insecurity in Putnam County
While Indiana currently ranks 26th in the nation for food insecurity, in Putnam County 45 percent of food insecure people do not qualify for other nutrition programs such as SNAP or WIC.
To help battle these alarming statistics, the Putnam County 4-H Junior Leaders, Purdue Extension, the Putnam County Fair and 4-H Association, and the Putnam County Food Pantry Coalition teamed up during the summer months.
The Putnam County 4-H Junior Leaders took the lead by applying for the Indiana 4-H Takes a Bite Out Hunger grant sponsored by the Indiana 4-H Foundation and a Putnam County Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Grant to encourage individuals to donate food items.
Then the Purdue Extension staff, the Putnam County Fair and 4-H Association, and the Putnam County Food Pantry Coalition participated in the FAIRs Care Program. Through the FAIRs Care Program, individuals were able to make a donation to the Food Pantry Coalition and receive tickets to and sponsored by the Indiana State Fair in appreciation for the donation.
Through the two programs, $2,360 was raised and an estimated 3,500 pounds of food and non-food items were collected.
The items were distributed to food pantries within Putnam County on Aug. 17.
The organizations wish to thank all those who joined in on the collaboration and supported the Indiana 4-H Takes a Bite Out of Hunger Grant and the FAIRs Care program in 2018.