Our mission is simple and direct: To end hunger by engaging individuals and communities to provide food for people in need.
The facts are startling: 1 in 6 people in central and southeast Indiana struggles with hunger and food insecurity. The most vulnerable of our friends and neighbors — senior citizens and children — are at even greater risk. Twenty-percent of our elderly and our children don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
To make matters worse, many of those people who need help fall into a gap where they struggle to put food on their table and yet their incomes are too high to qualify for federal hunger-relief programs such as SNAP or free school meals for children.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana was founded in 1980 by concerned citizens who had a simple yet profound vision: No one in Indiana should suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Gleaners’ mission is to lead the fight against hunger in central and southeast Indiana by collecting, storing, and distributing food to those in need. Gleaners distributes food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of more than 260 partner agencies, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
Gleaners is part of the Feeding America network of food banks. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to more than 46 million people each year.