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Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Wins Morgan Stanley Award to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to Children and Families


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Contact: Carrie Fulbright, Director of External Relations, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
             PH 317-829-1765   CELL 317-750-9428    EM cfulbright@gleaners.org

$50,000 Grant Will Fund BackSack Program
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Indianapolis, Ind. (August 6, 2013)… Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana today announced a $50,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its BackSack Program, a child hunger initiative that helps provides weekend food for 10,000 children each week throughout the school year.

The local award is the latest phase of Fill the Plate, Morgan Stanley’s long-standing partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity. In total, Morgan Stanley has committed more than $13 million for the Feeding America network to distribute millions of meals to children and families across all 50 states. As part of that initiative, Morgan Stanley will award more than $1 million each year for the next four years to local food banks like Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs.

“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from Morgan Stanley to fund our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families,” said Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, President and CEO, Cindy Hubert. “What’s extraordinary and groundbreaking about this award is that we were able to choose how to use the funds in a way that best matches the nutritional health needs of the Indianapolis community.”

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana’s BackSack – Weekend Food for Kids program works by providing each student with a grocery bag filled with kid-friendly, shelf-stable foods that provide 6 meals including snacks and drinks for students that do not have access to adequate nutrition over the weekends.

“Giving back to the communities where we live and work is one of Morgan Stanley’s core values,” said Kathy J. Birk, Complex Manager, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Indianapolis. “As Morgan Stanley employees in Indianapolis, we are proud of our Firm’s grant to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, especially since some of us are also long-time volunteers at this important community organization.”

Nationwide, child hunger is a critical problem. According to the US Department of Agriculture, about 16 million children are at risk of going hungry. About one in five children under the age of 18 do not have access to enough nutritious food to learn, grow and thrive.

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 320 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 the Summer Feeding Program. 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.