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Lilly Endowment gift will help feed children!

 

 PRESS RELEASE

Contact:  Carrie Fulbright, Director of External Relations, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
                 PH  317-829-1765 EM  cfulbright@gleaners.org

 

Lilly Endowment Donates $1.5 Million to 
Gleaners Food Bank’s Child Hunger Initiative

Gift helps Gleaners Food Bank alleviate hunger for children
across 21-county service area

 Indianapolis, Ind. (May 2, 2012)… Lilly Endowment announces a lead grant of $1.5 million over the next three years to help Gleaners alleviate childhood hunger through its Child Hunger Initiative.  In Gleaners Food Bank’s 21-county service area, 22 percent of children are food insecure.  This translates into 118,000 children who may not know where their next meal is coming from.  The Child Hunger Initiative is a three-program approach to ending childhood hunger in our service area.  The three programs include BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids,School-Based Food Pantries, and the Summer Feeding Program.    

Dedicated to ensuring children have enough to eat so that they can learn and grow, Gleaners now rescues over 8,000 children from weekend hunger with the BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids Program.  By the end of the school year, Gleaners will have nearly 10,000 children receiving BackSacks. The School Based Food Pantry Program provides food for school families in 18 schools in six counties with. This summer the program will bring nutritious meals to approximately 450 children in Jefferson, Fayette, and Jennings counties through the Summer Feeding Program. The grant from Lilly Endowment will allow Gleaners to serve more children throughout that service area.

“This gift from Lilly Endowment is true demonstration of the importance of a hunger-free community for children,” said Cindy Hubert, president and CEO of Gleaners.  “Their generosity is making a difference in the lives of thousands of Hoosier children.”

“Lilly Endowment is pleased to support Gleaners’ efforts to feed hungry children in Central Indiana,” said N. Clay Robbins, president of the Endowment. “The strategic partnerships they have developed with schools and other organizations to enhance their effectiveness and impact are truly exemplary.”

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 Americathe nation’s food bank network.  Since then, the food bank has distributed over 300 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 350 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers.  In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food (CSFP) Program, BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Food Pantries, and Summer Servings.    In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 287,000 people live in poverty—and 103,000 of them are children.  To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.