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PNS Daily Newscast - July 15, 2019 


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Public News Service - IN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

More than a third of Hoosiers are considered food insecure. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hunger Action 2016 campaign is under way in Indiana and across the nation. In Indiana, more than one million people struggle with hunger and may not know where they'll find their next meal. That number includes one in five kids who may not have enough to eat. Emily Weikert

Indiana farmers are being asked to sell surplus or blemished produce to food banks. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Crops are coming in all over the Midwest, and since Indiana is home to more than 60,000 farms, food banks are hoping to be able to get fresh, healthy produce to hungry people in the state. The Farm to Food Bank program is looking for growers who have surplus or blemished produce

About a quarter of Indiana's seniors live in a household with other family members, including children. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 7 million, or 40 percent, of seniors eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have not applied, and the numbers are even lower in the Hoosier State. During Older Americans Month, the National Council on Aging has an effort under way to close the "SNA

An estimated 15 percent of Indiana residents don't know where their next meal will come from. A new report by Feeding America breaks it down by county. (USDA)

INDIANAPOLIS - Too many Hoosiers still go hungry, according to a new report. The newly released 2016 "Map the Meal Gap" report from the group Feeding America detailed food insecurity rates in every county and congressional district in the country. The study found that 15 percent of Indiana's popula

An Indiana family of four would have to have both parents working 64 hours a week to be considered self-sufficient if they were paid minimum wage. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. If you do the math, that's $290 a week, or roughly $15,000 a year. Jessica Fraser, program manager at the Indiana Institute of Working Families, says even if two parents work full-time at that wage, it still isn't enough income to meet basic

The Indiana State Dept. of Health has launched a new MOMS Helpline to steer new mothers to the resources they need to keep their babies healthy. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - There's a renewed effort in Indiana to prevent babies from dying before their first birthday. The state has one of the highest infant-mortality rates in the country, and has been near the top of that list for years. Now the Indiana State Department of Health's Maternal and Child Hea

Thousands of Hoosiers aren't getting enough to eat because they can't qualify for SNAP benefits.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers are tackling a couple of bills this short legislative session that have to do with the access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry, says there are thousands of Hoosiers without enou

More than 23 million Americans don't have quick access to healthy food, but legislation in Indiana aims to change that. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has many areas where residents live 10 or more miles from a supermarket that sells fresh food and Indianapolis has been named the worst in the nation for these so-called "food deserts." Logansport Sen. Randy Head has authored a bill to give grants to businesses that want to

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