Helpings of Hope is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eliminating hunger and food waste, and creating food security through community-driven projects that provide affordable, nutritious food for people in areas that would be considered food deserts.
In the greater Indianapolis area, one in five people are food insecure (one in five children below the age of eighteen). “Food security exists when all people at all times have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” 21.6 percent of people in Marion County live below the poverty level, with 32 percent of children living below the poverty level.
Helpings of Hope is working to:
- develop community gardens that will help people meet their dietary needs in a cost-effective and nutritious way
- establish Helpings Cafe, a “pay-as-you-can” cafe that will provide delicious meals for the people of Indianapolis, regardless of their ability to pay
- help people understand the value of nutritious food and the importance of the food choices they make every day.
In all these ways, Helpings of Hope will be a major motivator in helping people to think about the challenges involved in hunger and ways to address those needs.