There are several programs in the Muncie area that assist those who are dealing with food insecurity. Some of these programs are: Indiana school breakfast and lunch program, Second Harvest Food bank and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program. These three programs help those who suffer from food insecurity but do so in different ways.
The Indiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program is a program open to those children who live in a low income household. “National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a Federal entitlement program open to public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Lunch is available to all children at participating schools, and the meals must meet specific nutritional requirements to receive Federal funds (Indiana Department of Education, 2013). This Program is open to those who reside in Indiana and who are a parent or guardian of a child who in school, and does not continue beyond high school. This program has requirements that deal with the level of household income. The household income requirements deal with the household income before taxes have been taken out. If there is a household of one person, they cannot make more than $21,257; a person in a two person household cannot make more than $28,694. This scale continues all the way to that a household of eight cannot make more than $73,316 (Indiana Department of Education, 2013).
The Second Harvest Food bank, located at 6621 N. Old SR 3 Muncie, IN 47303 can also be contacted by phone at 1(765) 287-8698. Second Harvest has several programs that they offer: Emergency Food Shelters, Emergency Soup Kitchens and the Tailgate program. All these programs focus on food distribution and open to low income residence. Some of the programs involve food that has been prepared, while other programs involve supplies that can be made into dishes at a later time. All of the programs by Second Harvest are at places that are accessible for those in low income households.(Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, 2013).
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program gives those who have a low income assistance when buying food. Indiana has two offices. It’s possible for those who desire to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance to apply in different ways. One way to apply would be to get in contact with the local office. The local office in Muncie is located at 1107 South Tillotson, Suite 2 Muncie, IN 47304. The office is open Monday through Friday; it opens at 8:00am and closes at 4:30 pm. The office can also be reached by phone, at (800) 403-0864 (Family and Social Services Administration, 2013). SNAP is a program that makes it possible for those who would not be able to buy food or buy the right food to have access to a better selection of food when they do not make the amount that would make that possible.
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