New web site directs unused groceries to Indianapolis Meals Banks

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A new website is helping direct unused food from landfill to the shelves of Indianapolis food banks.

On the website, truckers who are hauling a ton of groceries that have been rejected by grocers or traders can find grocery banks where they can donate that freight.

John Whitaker is the executive director of the Indianapolis-based Midwest Food Bank. He says double loads of products and other shipments that are considered perfect to eat are sometimes rejected by grocers or merchants.

Whitaker says Indianapolis Star insurance typically covers unwanted cargo so its owners don’t mind being donated to food relief agencies.

The website is IndyFoodDrop.org. It was launched last week through a partnership between the Indiana Motor Truck Association, Gleaners Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank, Second Helpings, and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.