Editorial: Hunger hits home in Hoosier state

We reported this past fall that the U.S. Department of Agriculture said 13.2 percent of Hoosier households were described as food insecure from 2009 to 2011. That means there were 331,980 Indiana households that were at risk of experiencing hunger — of not knowing where they might find their next meal.

Operators of food pantries in Jackson County don’t need those statistics or any updated version to know that hunger persists locally.

Last week, reporter Aubrey Woods shared the story of Anchor House Food Pantry, which was faced with nearly empty shelves, executive director Deb Bedwell said. Jackson County Community Provisions and Jackson County Human Services Inc. also reported need of donations.

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