Author Archives: Alex Holland

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the nation team up to raise awareness about diabetes and the impact it has on over 30 million Americans. According to Feeding America’s latest Hunger in America report, 33% of food-insecure households have at least one member living with diabetes. This rate increases to 47%

I didn’t plan for this

“I didn’t plan for this, and I certainly wasn’t prepared for it.” *Photo from Feeding America not from story. “I made a phone call to someone who was interested in applying for SNAP and learned that I called at just the right time. The man who picked up began to tell me about the hardships

Nutrition for the Fall Season

Fall is in the air. For many Hoosiers, this brings anticipation for cool nights, cozy sweaters, crunching leaves, steaming apple cider, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafting through the kitchen. All of these seasonal favorites can bring joyful memories to friends and family members, but celebrating the season can also bring big savings to

An Update From Our RDN

In December 2017, we hired Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sarah Huber to be our first-ever Nutrition Manager. Her work in the short term has been so meaningful that I asked her to share highlights in bullet point form so I could share them with you. The intersection of health and hunger is huge for our clients and you are

Sharing A Meal Together

At a recent Senior Mobile Pantry distribution in Greencastle, I had the opportunity to assist with bagging and distributing fresh produce to nearly 150 families. That day’s distribution included amazing fresh peaches…and turnips. Guess which item I was charged with bagging and distributing? That’s right – the turnips! Admittedly, I’m not a turnip fan. In

Healthy Aging

September is Hunger Action Month, and Gleaners is buzzing with lots of activities, events, and fundraising to further our mission in the fight against hunger. September is also Healthy Aging Month, which aligns well with the special programs we offer to help improve food security for our clients ages 55 and older.  Across the United States, about 1 in 12 seniors face food insecurity

Spotlight on Nutrition: Heading Back to School

With summer coming to a close and a new school year just around the corner, Gleaners is ready to continue leading the fight against hunger for some of our youngest neighbors in need. The Youth Programs team has been hard at work distributing food through Summer Meals for Kids and Summer BackSacks, as well as