Area food bank getting federal $

The Tri-State Food Bank, which serves southwest Indiana, including Daviess, Pike and Dubois Counties, is getting $19,000 as part of the $300,000 in state funding to help them keep their shelves stocked with food.

        Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch says the money comes from the State Department of Agriculture.  She says food banks “are doing truly extraordinary things” by providing food assistance and services to those in need.

        Feeding Indiana’s Hungry is Indiana’s Food Bank Association. The group says that one in seven Indiana residents suffer from hunger and that more than 280,000 Indiana children don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

      Executive Director Emily Weikert Bryant says the funding will help the 11 food banks across the state to purchase milk, produce and various high-demand foods.

      The funding was authorized last year by the Indiana Legislature as part of the state’s biennial budget.