Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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their learning abilities. They are 30 percent more likely to require hospitalization, which takes a toll on family or federal ÄUHUJLZ 3HJR VM HKLX\H[L U\[YP[PVU HSZV HMMLJ[Z H JOPSKZ JVNUP[P]L HUK ILOH]PVYHS KL]LSVWTLU[ 4 Hunger does not discriminate. It does not affect merely one group of people, and it is not isolated to only one community. Anyone can become a victim of hunger. All it takes is a lost job, an unexpected medical expense, or a bad turn of [OL THYRL[ HUK HU`VUL JHU ÄUK [OLTZLS]LZ Z[Y\NNSPUN [V THRL LUKZ TLL[ While these statistics may seem alarming to you, there is a message of hope. Each day, there are hundreds of wonderful agencies across Northwest Indiana providing food and nutritional support to those battling hunger. These agencies are food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, after-school feeding programs, senior feeding programs, and many more. The common denominator among these groups is that each agency is dedicated to meeting the needs of the hungry and to becoming a solution to the hunger crisis in our region. The key to ensuring that the efforts of our area’s hunger-relief charities are successful is the support of the entire comT\UP[` *O\YJOLZ I\ZPULZZLZ HUK JVTT\UP[` TLTILYZ JHU LUNHNL PU [OL ÄNO[ HNHPUZ[ O\UNLY PU U\TLYV\Z ^H`Z @V\ might consider serving as a hunger advocate, being a lending volunteer, providing food donations, or participating in fundraising activities. Additionally, individuals can also serve as professional volunteers by aiding hunger-relief charities in assessing the needs of the community and by working on strategic planning, fund development, and program expansion. The key is to remember that hunger is a solvable problem, and you are a part of the solution. 1VPU [OL ÄNO[ HNHPUZ[ O\UNLY [VKH`

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