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Food Pantries Discuss Collaboration to Better Serve the Hungry

Indy has 180 pantries, but most don't interact

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis food pantries are exploring ways to better serve the hungry by working together.


Representatives of about 100 of Indy's 180 food pantries attended a daylong summit organized by Indy Hunger Network in hopes of finding ways to collaborate. Indy Hunger Network executive director Kate Howe says most pantries are church-run and thus self-contained -- the summit was the first time most participants have even met.


Howe says she's hoping collaboration can improve service to Marion County's estimated 172,000 people considered "food insecure." She says food pantries could band together by religious denomination, or pantries in the same general area could coordinate their hours to expand access. And she says food pantries could work together to get more nutritious food, and to make sure perishable food gets used before it goes to waste.


Howe says pantries have expressed interest in meeting again, but it's too soon to say what joint efforts might develop.

(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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