John Elliott, who took over as CEO and president of the state’s largest food bank in September, has spent the last four months focused on opening the not-for-profit to new ideas that could lead to feeding more people on fewer dollars.
The not-for-profits, some of which received as much as $10 million, include community centers, hunger relief agencies and social services groups. Most plan to use at least a portion of the money to create or fortify endowments.
The study said more than 11,000 Hoosiers die prematurely each year from smoking and another 1,400 die as a result of second-hand smoke. Twenty-three percent of Indiana adults smoke, higher than the U.S. median of 18 percent.
The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, set up just three years ago, announced Wednesday morning that it has been awarded grants of $80 million from the Lilly Endowment and $20 million from the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation.