Fighting Hunger through C.A.R.E.

Department of Public Safety and Gleaners Team Up to Fight Hunger in Focus Areas

Indianapolis — The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana today announced a partnership to address hunger this summer in the six DPS focus areas. Out of that partnership, the Community Action Relief Effort (C.A.R.E.) was created.

Through C.A.R.E., Gleaners will provide a weekly mobile food pantry that will move between various locations in each of the designated focus areas to provide access to as many community members as possible. The focus areas are identified by intersections at 16th and Tibbs, 29th and MLK, 34th and Illinois, 38th and Sherman, 42nd and Post and New York and Sherman.

“It is humbling for Mayor Ballard and me to see a community leader like Gleaners step forward so quickly and with so much passion to help those who call our focus areas home,” said Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs. “No one in our city should have to be hungry. We just cannot accept that. Thanks to Gleaners, we will take a few steps toward reducing hunger in our focus areas this summer and make life a little bit better for those who deserve it.”

The mobile pantry distributions will be manned by community and DPS volunteers. Gleaners will stock the mobile pantries with an emphasis on nutritious foods, including fresh produce and foods high in protein.

“We see it every day and understand that hunger and conflict go hand-in-hand,” said Cindy Hubert, President and CEO of Gleaners. “Empty stomachs breed panic and desperation, and while the C.A.R.E. program is an effort to address a systemic problem like hunger, it more importantly is an opportunity to show the people in these areas there is hope.”

The C.A.R.E. mobile pantries will begin the first week of June and run through the first week of September. Exact times, dates and locations are being finalized and will be announced later this month.