INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – ProAct Indy is expanding its operations to deliver groceries in Indianapolis with a redesigned mobile pantry.
Over the past year, the non-profit organization has done a lot of food distribution. But when 1 in 7 Hoosiers is starving, the bus lets ProAct do more to help.
ProAct Indy is a non-profit organization that usually works a lot with the youth and uses the bus to pick up children for activities.
Now the bus has found a new life helping people struggling with hunger in Marion County.
Founder Derrin Slack says the organization’s work has shifted slightly over the past year, thanks to partnerships in the pantry and members of the community who give a little more.
The organization did not have a mobile pantry a year ago. But even without them, they handed out 40,000 meals last year.
“It’s a resource for the community that was inflamed and launched in the aftermath of the aftermath of the pandemic,” Slack said. “And so we responded by providing this resource to food pantries, churches, and neighbors who bought excess food or had excess food that they could give away but couldn’t give to people in need.”
The pandemic disrupted many things, but not food insecurity. Instead of selling the bus, the nonprofit took up almost all of the 28 seats, and over a period of five months the bus was rebuilt.
“The value of this resource is that it works on both ends. Food pantries may not have such a resource to get rid of the food or neighbors may not be able to access it because they lack transportation (or) are immunocompromised, ”Slack said.
With that room, Slack said they will be able to distribute between 100 and 300 meals to families across Marion County.
“It’s about standing in the void for vulnerable populations,” said Slack.