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FAQs

Can the hungry get food at the food bank?

No, not directly. The food collected and warehoused at Gleaners is distributed to agencies that feed the hungry. Places like food pantries, soup kitchens or shelters. These agencies receive food and critical grocery items from Gleaners and give it to those in need.

Exception: Gleaners Community Cupboard is a food pantry located inside Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
Requirements to receive food: Need to provide proof of Indiana residency, and a Sunday must fall in between consecutive visits. Hours of Operation: Tuesdays 8am to 1pm, Wednesdays 11am to 4pm, Thursdays 2pm to 7pm and Saturdays 10am to 3pm.

Please visit 3737 Waldemere Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46241 or call 317-925-0191 ext. 144 if you have any questions.

How does Gleaners get food?

Food donations come from Federal and State governments; major wholesale and retail food outlets including The Kroger Co., Marsh, Wal-Mart, Meijer and through food drives conducted by many groups. To learn how to start YOUR OWN food drive, click here.

Does Gleaners buy food?

Gleaners has been buying food for the youth programs for quite some time because of their special nutritional requirements. More recently, we've received specific gifts for senior food purchase. Gleaners does order some basic food items to help bridge the gap for pantries and other agencies.

Does Gleaners sell food?

Gleaners does not, and in fact, cannot sell food. Nor can our agencies charge the people served. 

Can we come and see how food banking works?

Yes! We encourage you to come! Seeing how the food is processed will give you a much better idea of how your donations are being used. Just give us a call to set up a tour and see for yourself how Gleaners is helping to feed the hungry in our community! Contact Sheila Carlson by phone at (317) 829-1769 or via email to schedule a tour.