Sandra is concerned about her children getting wholesome snacks. But she has a hard time affording fruits. “All four kids love them. Being able to get things like that here at Gleaners is a huge help!” she says
Elliott is grateful for so many generous donors who are making the new Produce Hope initiative possible. In addition to individual gifts, he said, “Feeding America awarded Gleaners funding for a new refrigerated trailer truck through a grant from Morgan Stanley to reduce child hunger and increase produce programs. We’ll be delivering literally tons more fresh foods to over 300 partner pantries and meal sites – increasing the percentage of produce distributed to 30% by the end of 2018, up from 18% currently.”
Studies show that a diet high in fiber but low in fat and calories helps kids avoid obesity. Fresh fruits and vegetables fit the bill, providing a healthy alternative to fat-laden sides and snacks.
On May 1, former Indiana Senator and Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar helped kick off the Produce Hope initiative. “Gleaners Food Bank provides a critical safety net... I applaud the... vision of Gleaners’ leadership in tandem with Feeding America to provide Hoosiers in need with wholesome fruits and vegetables.”