Ind. food banks seek sharp jump in state funding

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A group of Indiana food banks is seeking public support for a steep increase in state aid.

The Tribune-Star reports 11 food banks that make up FIsH, or Feeding Indiana's Hungry, hope to receive $3 million to $5 million in the budget lawmakers must craft this year.

The request is a large jump from the $291,000 the group received last year and expects to receive this year. Executive Director Emily Bryant says that money enabled the group to buy about 500,000 pounds of food.

That figure is less than 1 percent of the total amount of food distributed from the food banks.

The General Assembly budgeted $300,000 for the group in both 2010 and 2011, but the money was never distributed.

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