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Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. receives funds, volunteer support from DEFENDER Direct

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. receives funds, volunteer support from DEFENDER Direct


DATE: December 27,2012


INDIANAPOLIS -- Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. recently received $1,000 and volunteer support from DEFENDER Direct and its employees as part of the company's annual Service Challenge.

In its second year, Indianapolis-based DEFENDER Direct encourages its employees to develop teams, identify a deserving charity and conduct a half or full-day community service project benefiting that charity. Each team then submits a project description and video to the company's Giving Council. An executive team identifies those teams whose charities will receive a monetary donation above and beyond the volunteer support already provided.

"We are so grateful for the volunteer support and assistance provided by DEFENDER Direct's employees and humbled to then receive a generous donation on top of that," said Cindy Hubert, President & CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. "Their commitment to the community and their desire to serve is unparalleled which allows us to provide even more to those who need it most."

Since its humble beginning in an Indianapolis garage in 1980, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana has distributed more than 300 million pounds of food. Last year alone, Gleaners distributed more than 16 million meals through approximately 350 hunger-relief charities. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana serves thousands of Hoosier families, seniors and children in 21 central and southeastern Indiana counties. In the 21 county service area, 311,000 individuals struggle with food insecurity and one in three of those is a child.

"Our Service Challenge creates a sense of teamwork and togetherness within our company, while improving lives in our community at the same time," said Marcia Barnes, President and CEO of DEFENDER Direct. "We were thrilled with how well this program was received by our team members in its first year, and that success was surpassed this year with more teams participating and more local organizations benefiting as a result. We look forward to continuing this initiative in the future."

DEFENDER Direct is the leading dealer of home security and digital communication brands including ADT and DISH Network, and its own home heating, cooling and plumbing brands Williams Comfort Air and True Energy Smart Air.



Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana was founded in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980 with the purpose of fighting hunger in our community. Today, Gleaners serves over 160,900 different individuals who depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by the food bank to over 350 hunger relief agencies throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana.

To date, the food bank has distributed over 300 million pounds of food and critical grocery products. In our last fiscal year, Gleaners distributed nearly 21 million pounds of food which is the equivalent of 16 million meals. Gleaners also provides specialized programs for our most vulnerable populations, children and senior citizens.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 287,000 people live in poverty—and 103,000 of them are children. Learn more at www.gleaners.org.