A new report says the number of Indiana residents who go hungry is climbing, and the problem could get worse this winter as people throughout the Midwest struggle to pay their heating bills.
The Indiana Coalition on Housing and Homeless Issues says the government needs to improve programs that help ward off hunger, such as food stamps and school lunch programs.
In 2004, about ten percent of households in the state struggled to feed themselves. That's up from eight-point-five percent in 2001.
Jill Nielsen, a senior policy analyst at the coalition, says the problem is acute in Indiana because the state has been slow to recover from the nation's economic downturn.