Our Mission

Indiana’s Emergency Food Resource Network (IEFRN) seeks to provide nutrition and food safety information for emergency food workers and clients through educational resources, including newsletters, education inserts, and food demos. IEFRN's website houses a food assistance directory for quick and easy access to the emergency food system in Indiana.

Current Newsletter

Newsletters provide nutrition and food safety information relevant to emergency food providers, their clientele, and the general public. Newsletters are written by Purdue undergraduate and graduate students and are revised by IEFRN staff.

Every newsletter published contains four parts, including Ask the Expert, Food Safety, Eating Right, and In the News

Newsletters are published quarterly.

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Food Assistance Directory

The food assistance directory supplies a tool to search for emergency food providers across Indiana. Our database contains approximately 2,000 resources including:

  • Food pantries
  • Food banks
  • Soup kitchens
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Summer Food Service Programs

Learn More


Welcome to our new website!

Find Your Local Food Pantry

Search the directory using your zip code, city, or county location.

In Indiana, 1 in 7 people struggle with hunger. Learn more about hunger in Indiana.

What is FOOD INSECURITY and how can it lead to hunger

Food insecurity describes a situation of too little access to food. Individuals, households and communities may experience food insecurity. Food insecurity is present when a diet of less desirable foods or of lower quality termed “low food security” is available. In the most severe form, food insecure diets may not include enough foods, termed, “very low food security”. This level also exists when an individual or household may experience hunger that results in weakness, illness and/or pain. Food insecurity and hunger are both associated with poorer overall health, mental health, and chronic disease among US adults and poorer health and development among US children.

Our Staff

Heather A. Eicher-Miller, PhD

Associate Professor

P: (765) 494-6815
E: heicherm@purdue.edu

Renz Buenavista

Kinesiology Undergraduate Student,

Ashlyn Burns


P: No Phone
E: burns78@purdue.edu