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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - IN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The need for free and reduced-price meals during school years has grown, but the number of kids participating in summer nutrition programs has dropped. (Lorie Tuter)

INDIANAPOLIS — While summer is a time for enjoying family and friends or taking road trips, hunger doesn't take a vacation in Indiana. A new report by the Food Research and Action Center says millions of children who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches lose access to t

A majority of those receiving SNAP benefits in Indiana are seniors and children. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates are hoping to convince lawmakers that there's a real need for food-assistance programs in this country. President Trump's budget proposal would shift a huge chunk of the cost of the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) to the states, and for the first

Indiana's food banks provide meals to more than 1 million people each year. (feedingindianashungry.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering several bills this legislative session dealing with hunger issues in Indiana. Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on SB 9, which would remove a lifetime SNAP benefit ban on anyone who's been convicted on felony drug charges. Emily Weikert Brya

Indiana's youngest residents will be the focus of some of the new legislation coming to the General Assembly starting next month. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – The new year will bring a new session for state lawmakers in just a couple of weeks. The Indiana General Assembly begins 2017 with a new governor, and some new faces filling House and Senate seats at the state Capitol. Mindi Goodpaster, public policy director for the Marion Co

One in six Indiana residents is considered food insecure, and the statistics are even higher for families with children. (US Dept. of Agriculture)

INDIANAPOLIS – While many of us attend holiday parties that center around food this time of the year, and maybe worry about eating too much – it can be easy to overlook the fact that people around us may not have enough to eat. One in six Hoosiers doesn't always know where their next me

More than a third of Hoosiers are considered food insecure. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hunger Action 2016 campaign is under way in Indiana and across the nation. In Indiana, more than one million people struggle with hunger and may not know where they'll find their next meal. That number includes one in five kids who may not have enough to eat. Emily Weikert

Indiana farmers are being asked to sell surplus or blemished produce to food banks. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Crops are coming in all over the Midwest, and since Indiana is home to more than 60,000 farms, food banks are hoping to be able to get fresh, healthy produce to hungry people in the state. The Farm to Food Bank program is looking for growers who have surplus or blemished produce

About a quarter of Indiana's seniors live in a household with other family members, including children. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 7 million, or 40 percent, of seniors eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have not applied, and the numbers are even lower in the Hoosier State. During Older Americans Month, the National Council on Aging has an effort under way to close the "SNA

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