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Kraft and Kroger support Mobile Pantry

Contact: Carrie Fulbright

Phone: 317-925-0191 ext. 104
Fax: 317-927-3189
E-Mail: cfulbright@gleaners.org

September 8, 2011

Gleaners Food Bank Announces Delivery of Mobile Food Pantry and Other Support From Kraft Foods And The Kroger Co.
The ceremony was hosted by New Beginnings, a Gleaners partner agency and distribution site for the mobile pantry program and included volunteers from both Kraft and Kroger.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – September 8th – Gleaners Food Bank was the proud recipient of a donation of a mobile pantry vehicle valued at $124,234 by Kraft Foods.  Gleaners also accepted a monetary donation of $7,000 from The Kroger Co. that will defray the costs of seven mobile pantry visits throughout central and southeastern Indiana.   The grant was presented by George Neher, Director of Field Sales for Kraft Foods during a ceremony at New Beginnings this morning at 10:00 AM.  Attending from Kroger Central Division were President Bob Moeder, Vice President of Operations Steve Young and Vice President of Merchandising Pam Matthews.

Kraft Foods and The Kroger Co. have joined forces in the “Huddle to Fight Hunger” initiative to provide Gleaners Food Bank with a mobile food pantry and additional resources to fight hunger in the community.    Kraft’s donation of the mobile food pantry follows a $50,000 “Huddle to Fight Hunger” initiative grant from Kraft Foods and Kroger in January of this year.  Kroger’s $7,000 contribution that was received today is in addition to the nearly $1 million in food, financial and other support Kroger provides to Gleaners each year.

Gleaners Quote:
Cindy Hubert, President & CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc., added, “Gleaners is honored to have strong community partners such as The Kroger Co. and Kraft Foods to provide us with the resources we need to continue to provide hunger relief in our communities.  Our Mobile Pantry program is critical for our ability to distribute food not only in areas that are close to the food bank but to those counties that have less of an opportunity to pick up directly from the food bank.  Within a two hour distribution period, mobile pantries allow hundreds of individuals to select food and critical grocery products that will be used by their families.”

Kraft Quote:
“The mobile pantry truck will increase the reach of Gleaners to help feed more families,” said George Neher, Director of Field Sales, Kraft Foods.  “The trucks are a fresh food oasis, helping reach those that might not have access to emergency assistance.  And with a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, families have more options for good nutrition and balanced meals.”

Kroger Quote:
According to Kroger President Bob Moeder, “It has been my sincere honor to serve on the Gleaners board of directors since coming to Indianapolis four years ago, as well as serving on the fund-raising committee that raised funds for Gleaners’ new home.  As the number of hungry families in Indiana drastically increased this year, Kroger, Gleaners and generous vendor partners like Kraft Foods were there, working together to provide record amounts of food to the hungry.  For far too long food banks, food rescue organizations and local food pantries have operated with the food that people choose to donate, rather than being able to provide enough healthy, nutritious, balanced meals that include meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, dairy items and other perishable foods.  Just because a family is temporarily unable to purchase their meals in retail food stores, that should not mean they have to accept a lower quality standard or inadequate nutritional value.  This grant will allow Gleaners to take healthy, nutritious meals into central Indiana neighborhoods where that food is needed most.  The mobile pantry will fully leverage the value of these perishable foods for thousands of hungry Hoosier families.” 

About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
On a yearly basis, over 160,000 food-insecure Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to hunger relief agencies throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana. Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America the nation’s food bank network.  Since then, the food bank has distributed over 280 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to nearly 400 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers.  In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 287,000 people live in poverty—and 103,000 of them are children.  For example, eight out of 10 Indianapolis Public School students receive free or reduced lunches. To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.