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

Building Community

Did you know that there are over 50 School-Based Pantries in 20 counties we serve? Pantries like the one at Western Boone are successful, thanks in part to great community support. Hear from site coordinator, Julie, on how this pantry has made a… 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

Guest Post by Lydia Conner, Summer Nutrition Intern

Hi everyone! My name is Lydia Conner, and I am the Summer Nutrition Intern at Gleaners Food Bank this year. I have spent this summer working with the Nutrition Manager, Sarah Huber, to grow and revamp the Summer Nutrition Club curriculum. As my time… Read More

Summer Hunger

"My two daughters and grandson live with me. Another relative, just 18 years old, was down on her luck and didn't have a job or a place to stay. I took her in, but I barely had enough money to feed my family… Read More

Gleaners Distributes Record 1 Million Pounds of Food

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distributed a record amount of food this week. Between July 22nd and 26th, more than 1 million pounds of food was distributed through the distribution center, located on the southwest side of Indianapolis. The actual total tipped the… Read More

This is Life Living

"This is life living," one young man said as he took a sip of his mango smoothie, with a proud smoothie mustache. Our Summer Nutrition Club team, Sarah and Lydia, have been hard at work this summer to share fun lessons and teach… Read More

A Recipe from the Heart

Nutrition Manager, Sarah Huber sharing a lentil taco recipe at North United Methodist Church during a CARE Mobile distribution. Nutrition Manager and RDN, Sarah Huber, shared a tasty lentil taco recipe with CARE shoppers last weekend. Did you know, lentils are an easy… 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

Homeless not Hopeless

You might recall that just last summer, the Wednesday CARE Mobile location moved to Save-A-Lot, due to an increase in the number of neighbors served. CARE Pantry Program Associate, Brianna, shared a story from a woman she met at Save-A-Lot last week. "During… 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

Story of Hope from Wine Women & Shoes

The 550 attendees of our 6th annual Wine Women & Shoes event in May had an opportunity to hear from Sydney Dressler, the site coordinator at the Barney Kroger School-Based Pantry at Daniel Webster Elementary School. Sydney shared a story about a family… 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

CARE Enters Fifth Year

Innovative partnership enters its 5th year. An anticipated 60-70,000 people will be served at 71 distributions this summer. 170,990 Marion County residents are food insecure. Over 46,000 Marion County children are hungry. In the past three years, more than 170,000 people have received… Read More

Partners in the fight against senior hunger

Feeding America recently released an updated State of Senior Hunger. Did you know that across the United States 1 in 12 seniors are food insecure? In Indiana, 7.9% of seniors are food insecure, with that number jumping to 9.5% in Indianapolis. Indy is… Read More

Rescuing Nutritious Foods

Written by Sarah Huber, RDN, Nutrition Manager at Gleaners Food Bank Every year, approximately 40 million Americans face the challenge of not having enough nutritious food to live an active, healthy life. At the same time, an average of 197 million pounds of… 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 Story

*Photo from Feeding America, not from story.  "I had a new student who had been sick for several days, and came back to school on a Thursday despite still not feeling well. When I asked him why he came back to school if… 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

Eat Your Greens!

After a long wait through the cold, bitter winter, spring has finally arrived! Here in Indiana, it’s the perfect time to enjoy longer days, warmer temperatures, and everything GREEN! Many different green vegetables enter their peak season in April, May, and June, so… Read More

A Letter from the CEO

On January 8, I had the privilege of attending the Hancock County Senior Mobile Pantry in Greenfield. The occasion was special in that we were joined by a local team from Anthem to kick off their sponsorship of senior mobile pantries throughout our… Read More

Operational Efficiency Leads to Lower Per Meal Cost

We are excited to announce we now have a lower per meal cost. As part of our stewardship of your gifts, we are always mindful of opportunities for improvement. Operational efficiencies, innovative food sourcing, and most importantly, the launch of the Regional Produce… Read More

Financial Stewardship and Transparency

Gleaners has a special obligation for stewardship, both to those who donate needed funds, as well as to those who rely on us for food. We take that obligation seriously, which is why we’ve been working on additional certifications for financial excellence over… 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

Spotlight on Senior Hunger

In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 50,000 senior citizens are faced with food insecurity. Living on fixed incomes with increasing medical expenses, prescription costs and the high cost of assisted-living and long-term care, seniors are among the most vulnerable we serve. According… Read More

Bulldog Blessings is a blessing, indeed

On a recent visit to Monrovia High School, we caught up with volunteers of the school's Bulldog Blessings food pantry. Our Youth Programs Manager, Sharvonne Williams, grabbed a photo of this dynamic group who was ready to serve! Bulldog Blessings pantry opened in… Read More

Join in the Fun for National Nutrition Month®!

Written by: Gleaners' Nutrition Manager, Sarah Huber, RDN Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics declares March as National Nutrition Month® to spread the word about the importance and benefits of a healthy eating style.  Join in the fun of celebrating nutrition… 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

Carol

We met Carol last month in Hancock County at the Greenfield Senior Mobile Pantry as part of the Anthem Senior Hunger Initiative Program. After speaking more with Carol, we learned she would turn 103 in February. Our CEO, John Elliott, arranged to have… Read More

Get Heart Healthy

February is Heart Health Month Written by Taylor Bartosiewicz, IUPUI Dietetic Intern Did you know your heart beats about 115,200 times each day? Your heart works hard for you, so it’s important to take care of your heart. February is a great time… 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

Gleaners Food Bank and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Collaborate to Address Senior Hunger

Anthem’s sponsorship of $200,000 in Gleaners’ Senior Hunger Initiative and Senior Mobile Pantries will have immediate impact on vulnerable seniors throughout Gleaners’ 21 county service area. Collaboration will kick off with Senior Mobile Pantry distribution in Greenfield on January 8, 2019. In 2018,… 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

RED NOSE DAY AND FEEDING AMERICA HELP SUPPORT HOOSIER CHILDREN

Thanks to a generous grant of $10,000 provided by the Red Nose Day Fund and Feeding America, Hoosier children in central and southeast Indiana will be provided with food through Gleaners Youth Programs: BackSacks, Summer Meals for Kids, and School-Based Pantries. The grant will… Read More

Spotlight on Nutrition: Senior Hunger

Millions of seniors in the U.S. experience food insecurity. In Indiana, that number is 1 in 5. As the senior population grows, so will the challenge of ensuring older adults have access to enough nutritious food. Economic constraints lead some seniors to eat… 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

The Gift of Produce

As part of National Diabetes Month, we recognize the important role access to fresh produce plays in managing diabetes and maintaining a healthy diet. We spoke with Bryant at a CARE Mobile Pantry distribution on his favorite part of coming to the mobile.… 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

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… Read More

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… Read More

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?… Read More

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… Read More

The Gift of Food, Still Magic

"I really thought it was magic." As I was putting BackSacks in some of our lockers last week, a young lady came out of her classroom and was walking to the bathroom down the hall. She is in the Nutrition Club and walked… 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

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… Read More

Students Learn to be Nutrition Explorers

During summer months when school is out, additional stress is often placed on families already struggling to meet day to day needs. Suddenly, children home from school need breakfast and lunch – not just dinner. For the most desperate among us, this can… Read More

Asking for Help at 94: The New Face of Hunger

Robert Herrmann, 94, shops at the Rushville mobile pantry in May. Nearly 5 million older adults face hunger in the United States every day. If that number surprises you, you likely aren’t alone. On a recent visit to a mobile pantry in Rushville,… 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

A Story from IMPD's Josh Barker

The CARE Summer Mobile Pantry program kicked off last Monday, at Mt. Zion Apostolic Church. This program runs from June 4 - August 25, and would not be possible without all of our wonderful partners from the Indianapolis Public Safety Agencies: IMPD, Indianapolis… Read More

Second Grade Students Making A Difference for CARE Mobile Pantries

"Late Friday afternoon, I received a call from a teacher at Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School. Their 2nd grade class had raised money at a bake sale and the teacher said it would mean a lot to the children if someone from Gleaners could come… Read More

Gleaners and Mayor Joe Hogsett to Kick Off CARE Mobile Pantry Summer Program

CARE Mobile Pantries saw a 60% increase in individuals served in 2017. An anticipated 60-70,000 people will be served at 71 distributions this summer. 172,000 Marion County residents are hungry. Nearly 50,000 Marion County children are hungry. In the past three years, more… Read More

GLEANERS RECEIVES MORGAN STANLEY GRANT TO EXPAND PROGRAM DELIVERING NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana today announced a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its School-Based Pantry Program. Employees from Morgan Stanley’s Indianapolis branch volunteered at Gleaners as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, 24-hours of… Read More

A Story from the CHH Community Cupboard

I had a young man come to Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard for the first time last Thursday. He was nervous and wanted to make sure he did everything right. He said he and his life partner have one child at home and… Read More

Gleaners Anticipates 4th Summer for CARE Mobile Pantries

Summer will soon be here, which means Gleaners is busy planning for one of our most challenging service times of the year. During summer months when school is out, additional stress is often placed on families already struggling to meet day-to-day needs. Suddenly,… 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

Tamara D

Gleaners' Nutrition Manager, Sarah Huber (left) and Indy Hunger Network's Share Our Strength Cooking Matters Coordinator, Megan Songer (right) prep for the next class of Share Our Strength Cooking Matters students. Tamara was a graduate of our last Cooking Matters class, in partnership… Read More

Turkey Tacos: A Cooking Matters Recipe

Want to try this recipe at home from Share Our Strength Cooking Matters program in partnership with Indy Hunger Network? This family friendly Turkey Tacos recipe was a hit with our class! Try it! Ingredients: 1 med carrot or small sweet potato or… Read More

Share Our Strength Cooking Matters: Changing Diets and Improving Lives

On a recent February evening, a group of families gathered at the Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard at Gleaners. They weren’t shopping for groceries. They were talking and laughing and cooking a meal together. Indy Hunger Network launched the Share Our Strength Cooking… Read More

A Cool Evening at Garden City

Thursday, March 8th from 4 to 6pm was the first mobile pantry distribution at Garden City Elementary School. This school is the location of a brand new school-based pantry that will open for school year 2018-2019. Leading up to the school-based pantry opening… Read More

Fresh Ingredients

*Photo of another Gleaners mobile pantry distribution, not from story.  “It helps to have Amy and the children here with me.” When Amy’s grandmother first broke her arm, Amy was making trips back and forth about 3 days a week. She recently broke… Read More

Announcing our Line-up: Community Teammate

If you don't know already, the Brackets for Good Indiana tournament kicks off on Friday, March 2nd! This year we are proud to announce our Community Teammate, Salesforce! Salesforce is already a great teammate to Gleaners, including time spent at our distribution headquarters… Read More

Making Meals Together

On a cool, fall afternoon in Columbus, the mobile pantry had fresh blueberries. Along with these berries, families received pancake mix. A little boy turned to one of the volunteers and said, "You mean all we have to do is add water? That's… Read More

A Tough Choice

Across the country, millions of older adults are facing hunger. In the 21 counties we serve, nearly 100,000 seniors are not assured of their next meal. Nationally, 8.1% of seniors will face food insecurity this year. With the senior population expected to nearly… Read More

Pat and Jim

*Clients names are real. At their request, we have used a stock photo. Pat and Jim worked all their lives, but never earned enough to save. Now, Jim suffers from dementia, and Pat’s health is a worry as well. “We’ve found ourselves unable… 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

"Eat Good, Do Good"

Jaggers Will Donate $1 to Gleaners Food Bank with Every Double Cheeseburger Meal! Indianapolis, IN. (January 2, 2018) – For the third year, throughout February, Jaggers is encouraging guests to “Eat Good, Do Good” by partnering with Gleaners Food Bank. For every double… Read More

Produce Patch 2017 Numbers

  Gleaners began what we call our Premium Produce Patch (Triple P for short) program in 2017 in an effort to provide fresh produce to our partner agencies and local food pantries. Many of our partner agencies are unable to utilize a full… Read More

What Motivates Me?

11 year old Olivia wanted to host a bake sale to raise money for Gleaners to help people in her community of Decatur County who are helped by the "Gleaners truck". Hear her story below on what motivated her to raise $100. What… 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

There’s no single solution to hunger; we need a community strategy

Hunger and Health: Time for Creative Intervention Gleaners and the Indianapolis Business Journal convened a gathering of community, health care and education leaders in October to discuss the interconnected issues of hunger, poverty and health. Nearly 300 people attended this inaugural discussion. Following… 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

Red Nose Day and Feeding America Help Fund BackSacks Program in Fayette County

Self portrait of a student attending Nutrition Club. Her shirt reads "Education, eat right, exercise." Thanks to a generous grant of $10,000 provided by the Red Nose Day Fund and Feeding America, children will be provided with weekend food during the school year through… Read More

Senior Shopping Day Sees Increased Numbers

On a particularly busy Senior Shopping Day in November, a handful of staff helped out over lunchtime. There were about 100 more seniors than on a typical day, and the volunteer shift ended at noon. Our pantry manager was momentarily short-handed. A client… Read More

Thanksgiving Spaghetti

On any given day at the Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard, families come asking not for a hand out, but for a hand up. Recently, a young boy was overheard asking his mother if they could get more spaghetti. “It’s his favorite,” she… Read More

St. Vincent Health Opens Clinic with Gleaners

Today, as part of our ongoing effort to address the connected issues of hunger and health, Gleaners and St. Vincent officially opened a healthcare clinic located inside the Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard. This walk-in clinic is designed to serve clients who visit… Read More

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Shares Year in Review

Results following fiscal year ended September 30th. CARE Mobile Pantries served 65% more individuals than in 2016. Veterans and active duty military in line at mobile pantries increased by 33%. The amount of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables distributed throughout our service area… Read More

The Little Church with the Big Hands

Tucked back in the trees on a hill in Morgan County, sits a little church with about 50 members. The church was constructed in the late 1800’s and renovated with an addition in 1987. Their little food pantry was opened in 2012. When… Read More

Gleaners Welcomes New Board Members and New Board Officers at Annual Meeting

First ever board meeting open to the public included a “year in review” with program impacts, financial updates and future plans New slate of board officers elected Four new board members welcomed Outgoing board members recognized Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana held its… Read More

Impact of CARE Mobile Pantries Grew in 2017

In early 2015 when Gleaners representatives met with the Indianapolis Public Safety Agencies and Chief Troy Riggs, the thought of directly impacting disadvantaged neighborhoods was an idea that everyone could get behind. How to do it in a meaningful and efficient way was… Read More

An Update On Disaster Relief Efforts

"We have sent 12 semi loads of food and non-food into Texas and Florida and one of our warehouse supervisors is on loan to the Miami food bank. Gleaners is a busy place, but we are helping our fellow FA food banks as needed.… Read More

Caterpillar Foundation Investment in Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to Help Fight Hunger for More than 5,000 People in Johnson County

Indianapolis, IN, 10/9/17 – Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana announced a $18,782 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation to provide food to more than 5,000 people who face hunger in Johnson County.  A member of the Feeding America network, Gleaners is one of 30 food… Read More

Bryan's Story - Life After Hurricane Katrina

Bryan knows the impact of natural disasters from a very personal perspective. He spent 7 days living on a roof from Hurricane Katrina before coming to Indianapolis. After the hurricane he was offered housing in an apartment in Indy. It has been hard… Read More

A Message From President and CEO, John Elliott

Dear Friends, September is Hunger Action Month. Our original intent was to spend the month highlighting hunger in our communities, encouraging advocacy and volunteerism, and asking for your generosity to help us provide more produce to hungry Hoosiers. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a… Read More

Gleaners Details Harvey Relief and Recovery Efforts

Gleaners Details Harvey Relief and Recovery Efforts   In response to the unprecedented flooding in Houston and south Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana will be collecting and distributing recovery and relief items to Texas. The Houston Food Bank… Read More

An Innovation In Produce Technology

The two major goals of sourcing produce as a co-op are to increase variety and drive down produce costs. One major way our co-op can reduce the cost of produce is by sourcing produce that is packed in bulk bins instead of produce… 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

Summer Site Highlight

School may be back in session, but we wanted to take some time to highlight one of our amazing summer sites. This summer camp is actually hosted at the community center within an apartment complex of a local YMCA. The kids come and… Read More

Picking Produce [A CARE Mobile Story]

One lady pulled me aside to tell me how great the produce looked that day. She walked to the site from her home just a few blocks away, but it was still a long trip for her. She had breast cancer and couldn’t… Read More

Filling Empty Cabinets

*Display of a Gleaners School-Based Pantry, may not be actual representation from story.* "As I spread the word throughout the staff about our food pantry, numerous teachers approached me because they've found out that a student has no food in their cabinets at… Read More

Thankful for Healthy Food

"I’m very low income, its tight for me. [The pantry] supplements the little food stamps I can get and I’m very thankful for that and I’m awful glad for healthy nutritional items and vegetable items because I’m diabetic. I come to one regular… Read More

How Did I Raise the Money?

Olivia wanted to host a bake sale to raise money for Gleaners to help people in her community of Decatur County who are helped by the "Gleaners truck". Hear her story below on how she raised $100. How did I raise the money? "I… Read More

Reid Health Supports Fresh Produce

Max Browning, Grant Development Coordinator for Gleaners, said the Reid Health Community Benefit funds will support provision of fresh produce for 19 mobile pantries in Wayne County. “And also it will support the market style pantries,” Browning said. Joe Smith, Jefferson Township Trustee,… Read More

Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain

*Story from a senior mobile pantry shopper.* [The mobile pantry] does a lot for us. For one my wife and I are on fixed incomes and don’t have a lot of money. I had to retire because of heart condition. Without this food… Read More

Gleaners Sees An Impact As Retail Donations Decline

We are at a crisis point during our busiest time of the year. Marsh store closings have had an impact and retail donations are down across the board. As retail business models become more efficient, there is less excess food for stores to… Read More

Just Like Christmas

*Photo from Gleaners Youth Programs. May not be actual representation of story.* As the site coordinator began her distributions of the bags - one child was so excited when he was given food to take home. Frequently all his family has to eat… Read More

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana CARE Mobile Pantry Wednesday Distribution Relocating Due to High Volume

The Wednesday distribution previously held at Eastside Community Baptist Church will now be held at Save A Lot, 3739 E. Washington Street effective Wednesday, July 5th. Hours remain 4 to 6 pm. Volumes at all 6 CARE Mobile distributions are far higher than… Read More

Gleaners Receives 500 Gallons of Milk Thanks to Prairie Farms

On Thursday June 29th, Prairie Farms stopped by Gleaners Food Bank's warehouse to drop off a 500 gallon donation of 2% milk. According to Feeding America®, milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America® food bank clients, yet there is… Read More

CARE Program Update

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… Read More

Delivering more fresh foods to hungry Hoosiers, thanks to you!

Going hungry is hard no matter the season. Throughout the summer, when school lunches aren’t available, struggling parents have an even tougher time getting kids the healthy foods they need to thrive. But generosity like yours is changing all that. Gleaners is launching… Read More

Krystle M.

Emma playing in Rachel’s Corner, the children’s play area at Gleaners. This is only my second time coming to Gleaners. I’ve been working at a temporary agency, but when that position was over, I got let go. It seems like too many people… Read More

Greenfield Couple Grows Hope and Help

One area family is going above and beyond to feed their hungry neighbors. Last year, the Lawlers turned their family farm into a nonprofit charity to donate produce to organizations that feed people in need. Brandywine Creek Farms grew 211 tons of produce… Read More

School is Out

  I want to help feed hungry kids this summer. School is out. More than 100,000 children are hungry right here in central and southeastern Indiana. We need your help. As we enter the summer season - often the most critical season for… Read More

Retiring Hungry

The month of May was Older American’s Month. Throughout the month of May and every month Gleaners is thinking about senior citizens and how we can best serve their needs! A unique pilot program grew out of a Feeding America Health grant and… 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

Join Us at Color Me Mine For a Pre-Party Event

  Join Color Me Mine, paint your own pottery studio in Clay Terrace Mall for a pre-party event to celebrate Wine Women & Shoes to benefit Gleaners Food Bank’s Youth Programs. Event attendees can purchase their favorite shoe centerpiece the day of the… Read More

Leafy Greens

What is a leafy green and why does everyone want us to eat them anyway? Leafy greens are the superman of vegetables. They are jam packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and are very low in calories! They help in reducing inflammation, reduce… Read More

IndyFoodDrop.org launches with help from four of the city’s largest food hunger-relief agencies

IndyFoodDrop.org launches with help from four of the city’s largest food hunger-relief agencies in an effort to save food and help feed hungry Hoosiers Indianapolis – Four of Indianapolis’ largest food hunger-relief agencies collaborated on the launch of a new website, IndyFoodDrop.org, designed… Read More

Sarah S.

“You can’t hardly afford to buy food anymore.” Sarah S. is 87. She grew up in the little town of Glasgow, Kentucky, but she came to Indiana in 1955. She and her husband had eight children and raised them in Garden City, a… Read More

From the President and CEO: Gratitude and Growth

In November, I wrote about a “True Holiday Hero,” my grandfather who secretly helped a family who’d lost everything in a Christmastime fire. I didn’t know Gleaners was about to get help from many more true holiday heroes – friends like you who… Read More

Gleaners and IMPD Test Expansion of CARE Program with CARE Bags Pilot

When the Community Action Relief Effort (CARE) Mobile Pantry Program began in 2015, the goal was simple: to serve neighbors at greatest risk of experiencing poverty, hunger, crime, illness, and isolation – by bringing what they need most right to their own neighborhood.… 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

New School Pantry Opens in Monrovia

Thanks to a generous Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of Morgan County and the support of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and Feeding America, a new school based pantry is now serving residents in Monrovia. The Monrovia pantry is a wonderful example of… Read More

Giving Tuesday Donors Volunteer to Assemble BackSacks

On November 29th, 2016, Gleaners participated in Giving Tuesday and invited those in our 21 county service area to take the BackSack Challenge in a goal to provide 10,000 BackSacks to hungry Hoosier kids. Thanks to a generous match from our friends Sandor… Read More

Lilly Endowment Inc. Grants $10 Million to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

Lilly Endowment Inc. Grants $10 Million to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Largest single gift in Gleaners history strengthens the long-term sustainability of the regional food bank by establishing a $9.5 million endowment Invests in software and personnel in support of operations, fund-raising… Read More

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Receives $10,463 Investment from the Caterpillar Foundation to Help Feed Families and Children in Johnson County

1/13/17 - Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana announced a $10,463 grant from Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, to provide food to individuals who face hunger in Johnson County. A member of the Feeding America network, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, is one… 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

Shop at Kroger and Support Gleaners Through Community Rewards

Help Support Gleaners with Kroger Community Rewards! Did you know you can support Gleaners every time you shop at Kroger? It's easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card, and select Gleaners as the organization… Read More

Gleaners Holiday Party

We had a surprise visit from carolers at our employee holiday party last Friday! Thanks to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired for joining us for an afternoon filled with fun and singing. The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired… Read More

Kroger Announces Holiday Poultry Donation to Gleaners Food Bank

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – December 14th – This afternoon, Kroger’s vendor partner and Indiana Grown member, Miller Poultry, will donate 6500 pounds of poultry to Gleaners Food Bank of Indianapolis. Miller is a small, family-owned company based in Orland, Indiana. Miller Poultry specializes in… Read More

Red Nose Day Fund and Feeding America Help Sponsor BackSack Children

Thanks to a generous grant of $10,000 provided by the Red Nose Day Fund and Feeding America, children on the BackSacks program will be provided with weekend food during the school year. The students sponsored by this grant attend four different schools in Jennings… Read More

Ava's Visit To Gleaners

4 year old Ava was inspired by our commercials and by Giving Tuesday to donate her $20 birthday money to Gleaners to help feed hungry kids. She wanted to bring her donation in person, so we offered to have her come in and take… Read More

Record-Breaking Senior Shopping Day

Did you know that a recent report from the AARP Foundation, indicated that 13.55% of low-income Hoosiers 60+ are at risk of hunger? For 50-59 year olds at the same income level, the food insecurity number nearly triples to 33.29%. On the third… Read More

Gleaners Hosts First School Based Pantry Conference

The Youth Programs Team at Gleaners Food Bank hosted our first School-Based Pantry Conference on Monday, November 14th from 8-11:30am. The conference was a great opportunity to learn best practices, tour Gleaners facilities, and hear from guest speakers. This conference allowed for new connections and time to discuss all… Read More

Giving Tuesday | Tuesday, November 29

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday provides a great way to get involved and give back to your local community. Mark your calendars now for this Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Join Gleaners and take the #BackSackChallenge. We need your… Read More

HATCH™ Donates More Than 290,000 eggs and Kicks off Kroger Match

#HATCHforHunger, which provides eggs to the undernourished, announces Kroger match of all donates made to HATCH now through the end of the year Today HATCH™ for Hunger donates 293,760 eggs to 17 different food banks across the Midwest to help nourish the food… Read More

Empty Bowls | Westfield Washington Schools

Empty Bowls Project at Westfield Washington Schools  Gleaners participated in the Empty Bowls project with Westfield Washington Schools last Friday. Westfield teaches their students to be a part of their community and to help where they can. Empty Bowls is their invitation for those in… Read More

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. Elects New Board Members at Annual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2016 CONTACT: Sarah Estell | sestell@gleaners.org Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Elects New Board Members at Annual Meeting   INDIANAPOLIS – The Board of Directors of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana elected three new members at its annual… Read More

Help Stop Hunger | TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods

Help stop hunger with TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods and their partnership with Gleaners. ·     When: This Friday November 4th – Sunday November 6th ·     Where: All central and southern Indiana location T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores. Click here for a list of participating locations.… Read More

Share A Meal | City Barbeque

Share a meal with Gleaners anytime on Tuesday 11/1 at City Barbeque in Carmel, Fishers, or Greenwood! ·     When: All day! Tuesday November 1st ·     Where: Three City Barbeque Indy locations in Carmel, Fishers, and Greenwood ·     How: Just print and bring a copy of the flyer below and City… Read More

Gleaners, Feeding America and ConAgra Foods Team Up To Fight Summer Hunger

One out of six children in Indiana faces hunger. While schools do a good job of offering lunches – and often breakfast – during the school year, summer can be an increasingly food insecure time for children. This is why Feeding America®, the… 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

Phil Terry and Monarch Beverage Honored With Gleaners Spirit Award

Phil Terry and Monarch Beverage Honored with Gleaners Spirit Award Read More

Five Things To Know About The 2016 Gleaners Gala

INDIANAPOLIS – Come one, come all to the 20th annual Gleaners Gala. The theme for this year’s night of food and fun is the Three Ring Spectacular which is sure to surprise and awe your senses. The food bank will be transformed for… Read More

Indiana Sees Increase in Food Insecurity

According to a new study released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, while the national rate of food insecurity is down, Indiana has seen an increase in households reporting low or very low food security. The study found 14.8% of Hoosier households… Read More

Providing Food & Light at Community Cupboard

In July, Indianapolis Power & Light Company's (IPL) Energy Efficiency Team teamed up with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to distribute high-efficiency, light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs to families who utilized Gleaners' Community Cupboard. In just one day, IPL and Gleaners passed out… Read More

1st Annual Steps to End Hunger

Indiana Spine Group (ISG) is joining forces with Gleaners Food Bank to raise awareness of childhood hunger and help feed hungry Hoosiers. ISG is hosting Steps to End Hunger 5K on Saturday evening June 25 at ISG in Carmel. The Steps to End… 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

Stamping Out Hunger

The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day event, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to meld their forces together to conduct the drive in their local… Read More

Gleaners Food Bank Unveils Expanded Community Cupboard Food Pantry

INDIANAPOLIS – Gleaners Food Bank is excited to announce the expansion and opening of Community Cupboard, an on-site food pantry. We invite you to join Gleaners for a ribbon cutting and open house at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2nd to learn more… 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

Gleaners To Host 2016 Wine Women and Shoes Event

Join Gleaners Food Bank on Friday, May 13, 2016 for the third annual Wine, Women, & Shoes event at the Lucas Oil Estate. The event offers local women a chance to sip wine, savor gourmet treats, visit the exclusive fashion lounge, shop the… Read More

Gleaners Awarded 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

INDIANAPOLIS – Gleaners Food Bank has received a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, recognizing Gleaners’ commitment to fiscal management, accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator is an independent charity evaluator of financial health and responsibility of nonprofits across the country. The 4-Star rating is… Read More

CARE Mobile Pantry: A Partnership in the Fight Against Hunger

June 15 was the kickoff date for the brand new Community Action Relief Effort, or CARE, Mobile Pantry Program. It was a warm day, but it was a great day thanks to the help of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety and volunteers… Read More

#MondayMotivation: Helping Your Neighbor

Our 2nd Annual RTV6 Hope-A-Thon was an amazing day. The stories shared and the gifts given were spectacular. Over $10,000 was donated to help fight hunger! Two 10-year-old boys, who started the day as strangers, had their paths cross during the Hope-A-Thon and… Read More

#MondayMotivation: Over 133,000 pounds of food donated in 1 day!

WOW!! What a day. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive continues to be a great success and Saturday, May 9 was no different. This year… over 133,000 pounds of food was donated. Check out how busy it was in our warehouse.… Read More

#MondayMotivation: When Offices Shutdown… to volunteer!

Despite this day and age where efficiency, timeliness, and agility are treasured in the business world, the corporate volunteer groups who grace our warehouse never cease to amaze me. Taking time out of work to make an impact on the community in which… Read More

Walmart Launches Spring "Fight Hunger. Spark Change" Campaign

Walmart launched the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative inviting the public to take action in the fight against hunger. Working with some of the nation’s leading food companies – Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Kraft, and Unilever –… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Zurich Insurance

Thanks to our friends from Zurich Insurance for your monthly commitment to volunteering! You’re truly the hands and heart of Gleaners. Read More

Introducing… Afterschool Meals

Gleaners recently launched our NEW Afterschool Meals Program. Through a partnership with Second Helpings, the program provides students and their families dinner in a safe, familiar environment. Each site operates in conjunction with an already existing afterschool program that offers both enrichment and… Read More

Crooked Creek Food Pantry Grand Opening

What: Crooked Creek Food Pantry Grand Opening When: Friday, March 13, 2015 10:00am – 11:30am Location: Eskenazi Health Center Pecar 6940 North Michigan Road Indianapolis, IN 46268 St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, in partnership with Dow AgroSciences, Ezkenazi Health Center Pecar, and Gleaners… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Angela Penn

When we brought Angela in for our latest Volunteer Spotlight, we did not realize how powerful her reason for giving back was. Hear and share in her story on why the fight against hunger is so near and dear to her heart. Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: NCAA

In January 2015, Gleaners hosted a great group of volunteers from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. A group determined to lead by example. During each championship week, the NCAA encourages teams to volunteer at a local nonprofit during a day off. With Gleaners… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: JP Morgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase Bank volunteers came into Gleaners ready to work! They were put in the production area as well as the cooler. Thank you JP Morgan Chase for coming in, and a huge thank you to those who turned in their hours… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence is a committed partner of Gleaners. They show their support by coming in to volunteer multiple times per year, helping support Gleaners’ programs financially, as well as volunteering staff for special events. We could not do what we do without great… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: OneAmerica

Gleaners had the privilege of hosting the INAUGURAL OneAmerica Week of Caring. Over 450 OneAmerica employees came to help inspect and sort food, repackage meat, work in the cooler, and more. It is weeks like these that help make a huge impact in… Read More

Agency Spotlight: Cupboard of Lawrence Township

Without our agency partners, many Hoosiers would go to bed hungry. These agencies are the reason that many of our neighbors have hope in their future. Each month, we hope to spotlight agencies who are making a large impact in the fight against… Read More

Agency Spotlight: Hancock County Food Pantry

We are BACK! Back with another special edition of the #MondayMotivation. The fight against hunger takes a team effort, like we heard from Cindy last week. That teamwork extends to all agency partners, the food pantries that are putting the food into the… Read More

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.… Read More

How Community Comes Together Around Food

“Danielle is raising three nieces, has a young child of her own and is taking care of her 83 year old grandmother. Her husband works late and there’s just no way that she can make it into town to get food.” Clara has… Read More

The Cycle of Frailty: Help Fight Senior Hunger

Reading a Huffington Post article the other day, the first paragraph read like this… "'Imagine an older woman who lives up the street who has trouble getting around physically,' says Oregon State researcher Ellen Smit. 'She may be at risk for food insufficiency… Read More

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