INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis are launching Community Action Relief Effort’s summer program for mobile pantries.
CARE was first founded in 2015 in partnership with the City of Indianapolis. Gleaners, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Indianapolis Fire Department, the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and other public safety agencies are working to identify neighborhoods where restricted access to food is affecting community health and safety.
Eric Barnett, director of hunger relief at Gleaners, said John Marshall High School was one of the program’s largest locations.
“We have tens of thousands of residents in this area, many of whom are immigrant or low-income families in dire straits. We bring them the food. We don’t want them to take trips around town to find food. We will be in the heart of your neighborhood, ”said Barnett.
Each family received 40 pounds of frozen, dairy and nutritious meals in high school on Saturday.
Barnett added that an average of 1,500 families came to eat every Saturday last summer.
The four locations in the program will be open for contactless drive-through or walk-up deliveries until August 31:
- Mondays – Ivy Tech Community College | 101 W. 28th Str. | 3 pm-5pm
- Tuesdays – Marion County Electoral Board | 3737 E. Washington St. | 4-6 p.m.
- Wednesdays – Avondale Meadows YMCA | 3908 Wiesenweg | 12 noon – 2 p.m.
- Saturdays – John Marshall High School | 10101 E. 38th Street | 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Further information on the CARE program can be found on the Gleaners website.