Healthy Habits for Women

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so women’s health will be on many people’s minds in the coming weeks. Healthy lifestyle choices are important not only for reducing women’s risk of developing breast cancer, but also for promoting overall health and wellness… Read More

Food Demo with Anna

Would you like to try some lentil tacos? Gleaners Director of Community Collaborations, Mary Dubinin, Nutrition Manager, Sarah Huber, RDN, and Purdue University Dietetic Intern, Anna Kitchen, performed a food demonstration at City Market downtown Indianapolis in late August. The food demonstration provided… Read More

An Opportunity for Change

*Photo from Feeding America, not from story. "When we moved school districts, I took a big pay cut, but I did it to help my son have a better opportunity." At a recent distribution at Gleaners Community Cupboard, Dawn Wolf, Director of Hunger… Read More

How Hosting A Virtual Food Drive Helped Double Our Goal

In addition to hosting a successful virtual food drive, Genesys hosted an event with Kids Against Hunger as part of their ending hunger goal. Genesys hosted their first virtual food drive during Hunger Action Month and their results were amazing. They doubled their… Read More

Guest post by Anna, Dietetic Intern

Dietary Calcium Spotlight on dietary calcium written by Anna Kitchen, Purdue Dietetic Intern. Anna is a dietetic intern here for 3 weeks from Purdue University.   Did you know your body has 206 different bones? Most of the calcium in your body is kept in… Read More

Local Business Shares Summer Intern with Gleaners

Visitors to our CARE Mobile Pantry distributions this summer have seen a new face with Gleaners. Emanual is spending each Wednesday with Gleaners as an intern for our CARE and SNAP Outreach programs. Emanual is a pre-law student at Carleton College. He secured… Read More

Growing a Garden

We were thankful for the opportunity to speak to one gentleman on his experience at the Kroger CARE Mobile Pantry and the impact fresh produce has had on his life. He's growing a garden of nutritious foods, like cantaloupe and cherry tomatoes. "This… Read More

Meet YP Member Allison

What has been your favorite opportunity with Young Professionals so far? Meeting other young professionals who enjoy giving back and have a passion for driving down hunger in Indiana. Why did you decide to become a member? I was already actively volunteering at… Read More

The Pulse on Pulses

Gleaners, along with many other food banks and food pantries, distributes large quantities of beans, peas, and lentils throughout the year. These foods, collectively known as pulses, are the dry, edible seeds of plants in the legume family, and they are versatile, affordable,… Read More

Tomorrow's Harvest: Giving Story

As you plan long-term legacy giving, please consider Gleaners and the impact your gifts could have on generations to come. “Gleaners Food Bank is one of the most efficient, productive and caring organizations in Indiana. We are truly blessed that they serve the… Read More

Closing the Meal Gap: Feeding More People Better Food More Often

A key goal in our strategic plan is to distribute 2.5 times the amount of food by 2023. It’s not just the amount of food, however, but also the nutritional value of that food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a key component to… Read More

Minimizing Food Waste with Direct Agency Pickup

Grocery partners such as Kroger, Walmart, Aldi and others have long been the most generous food donors to food banks. With a 21-county service area, the number of stores with food available is vast. Thanks to a program called Direct Agency Pickup (DAP),… Read More

Nutrition Nudges - Healthy Pantry Initiatives

What are nudges? A nudge is a subtle environmental change used to influence consumer decisions. Imagine your experience through a supermarket or department store. There are dozens of “nudges” around the store that lead you to buy a product you might have otherwise… Read More

Statement on the Passing of Senator Richard Lugar

The following statement may be attributed to John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “We join our fellow Hoosiers, the nation, and the world in mourning the passing of Senator Richard Lugar, a tireless champion of the hungry and marginalized throughout… Read More

Helping Bridge the Gap

It’s spring – finally! The birds are singing, gardens are waking from a long winter’s nap and schoolchildren are counting down the days to summer break. While this is a joyful time for many, for others, summer can bring uncertainty and anxiety. During… Read More

Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including 1 in 6 Hoosiers right here in Indiana. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and Gleaners Food… Read More

Offering Food and Hope for Veterans

"I've received SNAP benefits in the past, but it's been a while. I have trouble getting [reliable] transportation and haven't been able to make it to an office to re-apply. After I pay my rent each month, I only have a couple hundred… Read More

Make a Giving Plan and Make a Difference

When you make a planned gift to Gleaners, you provide food for today and hope for tomorrow. Sixty-percent of gifts in excess of $25,000 is placed directly into an endowment, providing sustained support for hungry Hoosiers for years to come. Your gift will:… Read More

Government Shutdown Update

Photo courtesy of Michelle Pemberton/Indy Star Just before Christmas, a portion of the federal government shut down, leaving 800,000 federal employees and a significantly higher number of contracted employees without a paycheck. The shutdown was the longest in our history. We were called… Read More

Shutting Down Hunger

*To maintain confidentiality photo is of a Feeding America client - not from story.  "I have worked in a government position for the past 13 years. My two boys, are ages 10 and 18. There are at least 600 people from my building… Read More

Federal employees and contractors need your help

  HELP NOW The United States government has been partially shut down for 28 days and counting. Indiana has an estimated 5,167 federal employees who are struggling to make ends meet without their paychecks. On top of that, federal contractors are also not getting paid.… Read More

A Closer Look: The Chin People of Burma (Myanmar)

Written by Angel Gomez, IUPUI Dietetic Intern   Source: http://lewisvillechin.org/the-chin-people/   At Gleaners, we are dedicated to leading the fight against hunger and serving our most vulnerable neighbors in need. As different populations across the world face racial, religious, or gender persecution they are often forced to flee to protect… Read More

Other Ways to Give

Tomorrow’s Harvest: Feeding Hungry Hoosiers for the Future You’re a friend of Gleaners! Are you a Tomorrow’s Harvest member too? The long-term viability of Gleaners’ hunger relief programs is possible because of loyal donors like you. Two-thirds of your estate gift over $25,000… Read More

When Disaster Strikes

Brianna Henderson, a SNAP Outreach Specialist at Gleaners, shared a story from SNAP Outreach at a recent Hendricks County Mobile Pantry in Danville. “A man came up to me at the Danville Mobile Pantry to apply for SNAP benefits. He wasn’t sure what… Read More

Ivy Tech Students Work to Complete Degrees While Struggling With Hunger and Other Obstacles

Food pantries on campus may help adult students achieve degree, and financial security. On a warm, fall day in Madison, nursing students gathered in the foyer of Ivy Tech Community College. They had finished classes for the day and were waiting to go… Read More

Mr. Harold

Harold was a Veteran of World War II. He joined when he was seventeen. The things he saw and experienced overseas strongly affected his next seventy years. He was especially touched by the hunger and conditions of the children where he served. during… Read More

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a time of joyful celebration, yet also a time for reflection. As the holiday season approaches, we reflect with gratitude on our blessings and look forward to time with beloved family and friends. It’s also a good time to think about… Read More

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… Read More

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.… Read More

Volunteers Share Experience In Cooking Skills, Nutrition

Our team caught up with three volunteers from this session of the Share Our Strength Cooking Matters program in partnership with Indy Hunger Network. This is a six week hands on cooking class for families in our community which helps them shop for… Read More

Nancy's Family: Sharing A Story

*Family photo from a Gleaners Mobile Pantry distribution, not from story. Nancy’s family recently moved to Indiana to help care for her sick mother. When they arrived, Nancy’s husband found out that the job he secured had less than half the hours he… Read More

Volunteer Appreciation Week Spotlight: David and Debbie

David and Debbie have been volunteering with Gleaners since 2013. To date, they have over 1,000 hours of volunteer service between them. David helps out in our on-site food pantry each week by stocking shelves and assisting clients with food selection. Debbie helps… Read More

Volunteer Appreciation Week Spotlight: Dayton

Dayton has been volunteering with Gleaners since January 2017. To date, he has nearly 500 hours of service. He is our top-earning volunteer this fiscal year so far. Dayton volunteers in our Kroger Reclamations area weekly and helps scan donations, unload trucks, and… Read More

Monrovia Pantry Brings Joy To Local Families

It has been a little over a year since the Bulldog Blessings Pantry opened at Monrovia High School, thanks to a generous Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of Morgan County and the support of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and Feeding America. Those who have helped make this pantry… Read More

PARTNER HIGHLIGHT: AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION INDIANA

Guest post by: Deb Osza, General Manager, American Dairy Association Indiana The holiday season has passed, but that’s no reason to forget about our hungry friends and neighbors. As we set our personal goals for 2018, let’s not forget to help Gleaners towards… Read More

Spotlight on Ripley County

Photo in Batesville, Ripley County via Debbie Blank|The Herald-Tribune In November, Gleaners’ staff, including President/CEO John Elliott, had an opportunity to visit Ripley County and the well-managed Batesville Food Pantry. Ripley is one of 21 counties that rely on us as a partner… Read More

Fill a plate for Kameron, Don, Krystle, and Emma

If you have not yet made a gift to feed our hungry neighbors, then I’ll be direct: Now is the time. Over the course of the year, we’ve told you about Don, a military veteran who relies on the Cynthia H. Hubert Community… Read More

The Most Meaningful Gift

Storytelling is a compelling part of life at Gleaners. We share many client stories with you in these pages and via email and social media. Sarah Estell, our Senior Director of Communication and Digital Fundraising, was on her way home at the end… Read More

Cooking Matters Graduation

The Share Our Strength Cooking Matters program for adults course in partnership with Indy Hunger Network, took place once a week from July 11th - August 15th. In Cooking Matters for Adults, students: Prepared delicious, new recipes in a fun setting. Learned how… Read More

New Laptop Will Help Improve Reporting

Sarah uses her laptop to pull all of the pounds and runs reports for Gleaners Programs & Agency Relations metrics. The system refreshes each time she runs a report in order to get the most recent data available. It previously took up to… Read More

Don

Don is a proud Army veteran who visits the Community Cupboard. After serving our country in Vietnam, he thought the worst was behind him. Then came a crippling back injury at work. “I had to find a way to feed my family,” said… Read More

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Development Team Driving Significant Organization Growth

Staff added in individual, corporate and foundation giving. Increasing number of hungry Hoosiers and opportunities to incorporate more nutrient rich fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy into food distributions lead to increased funding needs. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana has announced a new team… Read More

Feeding the hungry: A daily challenge that shapes our future

Last week, the U.S. Census released its latest demographic and economic data for local communities; unfortunately, it includes another grim set of poverty statistics for Indianapolis.  While many of us are planning holiday get-togethers and gift exchanges, a growing number of our neighbors… Read More

Gleaners Honors Retiring President/CEO Cindy Hubert

Gleaners Honors Retiring President/CEO Cindy Hubert Retiring President and CEO, Cindy Hubert, was honored by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana at its annual Gala on Saturday evening. Incoming President/CEO, John Elliott noted Hubert’s impact on hunger not just at Gleaners, but throughout the… Read More

Gleaners Announces New CEO

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Chairman of the Board of Directors Jamie Browning announced the retirement of President & CEO, Cindy Hubert. After serving with distinction for 6 years, Cindy has informed the board that she intends to retire at the end of… Read More

Welcome New Board Members and Officers!

INDIANAPOLIS – Gleaners Food Bank is honored to welcome four new members to the board of directors. The new board members, Troy Riggs, Greg Fennig, Georgiana Reynal and Patty Turner are business executives who come from a variety of private-sector, nonprofit and government… Read More

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