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Food Insecurity

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In Allen County, 51,850 residents, or 15%,  
are food insecure. 

Food insecurity is a topic Melissa knows all too well. At the onset of the pandemic she increased Wellspring's food distribution efforts in order to reach more people experiencing food insecurity - often for the first time.


She wrote about these efforts in 2020 here, and since then food insecurity has only increased. 

NO ONE should go to bed hungry in our community.


Melissa will advocate for a greater systemic approach for reducing food insecurity.

  • Implement a phone app for connecting people with food pantries and soup kitchens at the local and statewide level. 

  • Institute a food insecurity coalition in Allen County for bringing key players together regularly. This infrastructure doesn't exist and needs to be addressed just as much as homelessness. 

  • Connect local food distributors and growers throughout Northeast Indiana with food insecure peoples. 

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