The Hamilton County School District is home to 21 schools and thousands of students. What many people in our community may not realize is that there are children in these schools who experience food insecurity. In fact, according to Gleaners Food Bank, approximately 12,500 kids in Hamilton County do not have enough food to eat. Indy Snack Attack is on a mission to help. Founded five years ago by Hamilton County resident Lori Fowler, Indy Snack Attack is a non-profit organization that provides weekend snack bags to students in the HSE school district. \u201cI\u2019ve always had a passion for working in food pantries and had volunteered at ones in Fishers and Noblesville,\u201d says Fowler. \u201cI thought there was probably a need to help kids in this way so I came up with the weekend snack idea.\u201d Indy Snack Attack is designed to fill in the gaps for students when food may be scarce for them over the weekend. As Founder and Executive Director of Indy Snack attack, Fowler manages the food donations and works to pack the snacks into bags that are delivered to 14 HSE schools each Thursday. Students receive the snacks on Fridays. Thorpe Creek Elementary in Fishers partners with Indy Snack Attack and Principal Sara Curran is grateful for the organization\u2019s help. \u201cSnack bags are delivered to TCE each week and our counselor discreetly places these bags in the\u202fbackpacks of participating\u202fstudents,\u201d Curran says.\u202f\u201cThe food in these bags\u202fhelps to sustain our students over the weekend when they are not eating at school. In 2013, we had approximately 35\u202fstudents benefiting from this service. Today, we have approximately 85 students benefiting from the weekly snack bags. Indy Snack Attack is an integral\u202fpartner in our school\u202fcommunity.\u201d Indy Snack Attack\u2019s reach has steadily expanded over the years. \u201cThe first year we had 20 kids in the program. Now we serve 375 kids,\u201d Fowler says. She hopes to add three more schools this year. Students that are part of the HSE free and reduced meal plan are eligible to receive Indy Snack Attack bags. \u201cWe help kids in kindergarten through high school,\u201d says Fowler. \u201cWe work with mostly guidance counselors at school and leave it up to them to ID the kids to us.\u201d Two types of snack bags are offered. Students in kindergarten through 4th grade receive five snacks that are \u201copen and eat.\u201d Individually wrapped crackers and granola bars are good examples of the types of food found in the K-4 bags. Kids in grades 5-12 have ten snacks in their bags which may include items that are microwaveable like ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, etc. Indy Snack Attack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and help from the local community is welcomed. Both food and tax deductible monetary donations are accepted. \u201cWe are a 100% volunteer organization,\u201d Fowler says. \u201cWe\u2019ve had clubs like Girl Scouts, Fall Creek Junior High Honor Society and others pack bags for us. All ages can help out including families and businesses.\u201d Interested in finding out more? Contact Lori Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org\u00a0 or visit http:\/\/indysnackattack.blogspot.com\/ to learn how you can help.