Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is looking to establish a Commission that would address food security issues in the community.
At Mayor Winnecke's request, the Evansville City Council will consider approving an ordinance on Monday night to create the Commission on Food Security.
The Commission on Food Security would coordinate services, funding, and programs related to food security. It would be a 25-member group of representatives from food-related organizations that would also make recommendations to city officials and other community stakeholders.
"Local nonprofits addressing food security have been working tirelessly towards the same goal," said Mayor Winnecke. "Establishing the Commission will help organizations mobilize and share their resources."
Winnecke's administration says the proposed creation of the Commission on Food Security is the next step in the city's endeavors to ensure area residents have what they need in the midst of damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Reopen Evansville Task Force quickly identified food security as a key issue in our response to the pandemic," said Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer. "The Task Force partnered with the Feed Evansville initiative and other agencies to fill the food security gap. This Commission is the next step in ensuring our residents have equitable access to food."
At the height of the pandemic during Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's original Stay-at-Home Order, Schaefer says local organizations reported 8,000 meals requested in a single day.