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

A collaboration between Indy Hunger Network and Gleaners hosted a Cooking Matters for adults course once a week from July 11th- August 15th. In Cooking Matters for Adults, students: Prepared delicious, new recipes in a fun setting. Learned how to get their families excited… 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. After serving his country in the final years of the Vietnam War, he thought the worst was behind him. Then he suffered a crippling back injury at work. Unable to walk, much less work, Don had to find… 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

"Eat Good, Do Good"

Throughout March and April, Jaggers is encouraging guests to “Eat Good, Do Good” by partnering with Gleaners Food Bank. Starting Tuesday and continuing into April (March 15-April 15), for every double cheeseburger meal purchased, Jaggers will donate $1 to Gleaners Food Bank 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

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