The Summer CARE Mobile Pantries kicked off on June 5. Gleaners, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and our generous sponsors plan to feed more than 60,000 people at 70 distributions in Indy.
The CARE Bags program – which provides officers sacks of nutritious foods to directly help hungry neighbors in distress – has already made an impact in the East District.
Police checking on an elderly woman found her on the floor of her home, unable to move from a fall two days earlier. There was no food in the house. Thanks to Gleaners CARE Bags program, IMPD officers were able to provide her with non-perishable, nutritious groceries to ensure she had immediate access to food. The first responders took her to the hospital, and she was also connected with other sources of nutrition assistance.
One officer went to speak with a man who appeared to be seeking help from passing motorists. The man became anxious when the officer approached. The policeman explained he was there only to help, and offered the CARE Bag of food as proof. The man burst into tears. This IMPD officer has been able to build relationships with neighbors who often distrust and fear those in law enforcement.
Funds are still needed to support our CARE Mobile Program this summer and the new variety of fresh, healthy produce for those in the communities we serve. Click here
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