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This 2017 Legislative Session at the Indiana State House has placed a large emphasis on food security issues. Both the House and the Senate have multiple bills concerning the expansion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and the minimization of food deserts within Indiana. In the Senate, there has been a large push for expansion of SNAP eligibility with three bills on the issue.

What does this mean for you?

With many of these bills having bi-partisan support, expansion of SNAP benefits will be an issue to watch closely throughout the Session. Although not all of these bills have made it out of their respective committees, there is still plenty of time for these bills to be heard. The last day that bills can be heard in committee in the Senate is February 23 and February 21 in the House.

What can you do?

To find out who your State legislators, please click HERE. Then please write, email or call them and voice your support for the bills mentioned above. Every phone call, email and letter makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!

Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE. Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Daytime Volunteers Needed for Food Pantry & Shelter

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The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry needs volunteers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon; and Saturdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. for three to 16 hours per week.

Food Pantry volunteers distribute food to clients and may shop for food, unload food donations and shelve and sort food. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested.

For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Donna Barker (765-742-4079×106 |

The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Client Intake Volunteers weekdays from 2 – 4 p.m. for two to ten hours per week.

Client Intake Volunteers meet one-on-one with potential shelter guests to do brief intake interviews, provide passes to the LUM shelter, help our guests to reconnect with family, and make referrals to addiction, mental health, employment and housing services. Basic computer, data entry and phone skills are required. A weekly commitment is requested.

For more information and to apply online, click HERE — or please call or email Gina Williams (765-423-2691 |