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[r29] Column: No politics in feeding Indiana’s hungry
Start Date: 2/11/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/11/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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No politics in feeding Indiana’s hungry
Did you know that over one million Hoosiers don’t know when or where their next meal will come from? Sadly, one in six Hoosiers are food insecure, unsure of whether or not they will have dinner tonight or breakfast tomorrow morning. Far too many Hoosiers are struggling to put food on the table and aren’t nourished or able to fully take on the day’s challenges. We can do more to help.
In a collaborative effort at the Statehouse, the four caucuses have banned together to fight against Hoosier Hunger. Feeding Indiana’s Hungry is a state association of food banks affiliated with Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) the nation’s largest food bank network. We have partnered with them in a bipartisan effort to raise awareness and support for local food banks. Food banks and churches continually put these causes on their backs and find solutions in every nook and cranny to feed the hungry and underprivileged. The holiday season tends to bring in the most food donations – and is a wonderful time to give to those in need – but a sustained, year-around effort is needed.
The food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry distributed 73.7 million pounds of food in 2012: 21 percent came from federal commodities, 67 percent donated and 12 percent purchased. Indiana has 11 regional food banks, each serving a specific geographic area, similar to a legislative district. Over 1700 local church pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, day cares and other nonprofits are provided by Hoosier food banks.
With one out of six Hoosiers at risk of going hungry, it is vital we continue to fight the good fight and help our fellow Hoosiers.  No one should have to choose between paying for food or their utility bills. It is time to come together, use our resources and make a big difference in the lives of the needy. 

We will be holding an event at the Statehouse kicking off Indiana Hunger Awareness Day on February 18th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. I encourage everyone who is able and willing to come to the Statehouse and be a part of the kickoff. If you feel inclined to make a donation to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, please visit their website at You can also watch the Public Service Announcement from the four caucus leaders at

Follow the Republican caucus’ twitter account @INHouseGOP as we tweet facts about ending Indiana’s hunger throughout the month of February. Also, be sure to follow #endINhunger for facts and tips on how to help.

Another excellent organization to become active in is the Good Samaritan Network. The network provides great volunteer opportunities in Hamilton County. Learn more at or contact the network by phone at (317) 842-2603. 

Deadlines are quickly approaching for bills to change their house of origin. Both chambers will continue to have hearings on issues through February 19th.  Some of the bills that were passed in the House have been sent to the Senate this past week for their review including such issues as House Bill (HB) 1005, which addresses assessment for high school students who may require remediation before enrolling in credit bearing post-secondary courses.  HB 1007, another bill to pass from the House to the Senate, levels the playing field between brick and mortar retailers and online retailers by requiring online retailers to collect sales tax. A few other important issues that have also passed include adoption history information, biosimilar medications and uninsured and underinsured motorists.  Every bill can be followed at

If you want to experience the Legislature up close and personal, I invite you to come to the Statehouse on February 19th for my 21st annual Adult Page Day. Adult pages will take a tour, meet with other elected office holders, visit a committee, sit in on session and spend time with me to help you understand the legislative process. If you are interested, please contact me at (317) 232-9647 or via email at I look forward to your visit!

State Representative Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville)
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Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
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