What Does Advocacy Mean at the Hub?


At MHC, we not only work to meet the immediate needs of community members, we also address the root causes of hunger - poverty, oppression, lack of affordable housing, and lack of affordable healthcare. Our advocacy work currently falls into four categories.


Community Building


We believe that community connections and supportive networks are both the basis of change and a protective factor against food insecurity. Our advocacy program works to make sure the Hub is inclusive and accessible, hosts monthly lunches and dinners to foster community, and offers opportunities for folks to engage in shared work.  



The Hub Farm Stand and Community Resources


Part of our Advocacy Program is finding opportunities and resources for Hub community members - whether that's information about other helpful, local non-profits or creating an opportunity for patrons to sell their homegrown goods. 


From May through October, MHC hosts the Hub Farm Stand! Each month, we provide patrons a space to sell homegrown or handmade goods at affordable prices in a community setting - all while there are delicious snacks being cooked up and music floating through the air. This low-barrier market creates an economic opportunity for community members, as well as an access point for fresh, local food.


In addition to increasing access to resources onsite, advocacy program provides information throughout the pantry on other available local resources, from healthcare and housing assistance to childcare programs and legal services. 



Collective Impact


Knowing that healthcare, housing, wages, and more affect community members' ability to access food, MHC works with organizations from different sectors to affect change. We actively pursue partnerships to address root cause work at a local, state, and national level. 



Civic Engagement and Education


MHC offers ongoing education about local, state, and federal policies, as well as opportunities to take action together. During election years we offer voter registration, candidate information, and resources for getting to the polls. During monthly dinners, we offer a wide range of trainings on everything from how the Indiana General Assembly works, to current bills in the legislature, to building compelling personal narratives to affect change. 



Want to Get Involved?

Click here to check the calendar for the next Hub Dinner or Hub Farm Stand, or contact Hannah at community@mhcfoodpantry.org to hear what other advocacy opportunities are coming up!