- 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 prior years. Over 6,000 families have been served in the first 4 weeks of the program. In 2016, 12,000 families were served over the entire summer season.
- Additional funding is greatly needed to meet demand.
The CARE Mobile Pantry previously held at Eastside Community Baptist Church will be relocating to Save A Lot effective immediately. The Eastside Community Baptist Church location last summer served approximately 150-200 families each week. On June 28, 367 families were served. The Church location within the neighborhood can no longer handle the volume of clients needing service.
Sloan Shockley, Senior and Mobile Pantry Manager, praised Save A Lot for stepping up to meet community needs. “When we called today, we were afraid the Wednesday mobile would have to be cancelled,” she said. “Instead, the store manager said yes without hesitation so that hungry people could be served in their own neighborhood.”
The Eastside location is not the only CARE mobile site experiencing growth. According to Sarah Estell, Senior Director of Communications & Digital Strategy, the food bank needs to raise an additional $100,000 immediately. “The average number of families served at all six of our CARE sites is 350,” said Estell. Last year, sites averaged 190 families. Meeting this additional need requires buying more food, particularly meat and produce.”
The CARE Mobile Pantry program has been successful in its goals to provide food to residents in the highest poverty neighborhoods where crimes are often committed in order to feed family members. The presence of IMPD, IFD and IEMS along with other Public Safety Departments provides an opportunity for positive interaction between those departments and residents, building a level of trust and understanding.
Gleaners operates six CARE Mobile Pantry sites throughout the City of Indianapolis in partnership with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and other public safety agencies. The program is in its third year.
About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
On a yearly basis, hundreds of thousands of hungry Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners supplies items to hunger relief agencies and schools throughout 21 counties in central and southeast Indiana.
Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. Since its inception, Gleaners has distributed over 436 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 260 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers. In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations - seniors, veterans and children - through specialty programs such as the BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, Mobile Pantry, Summer Meals for Kids, CARE, and Senior Hunger Initiative Programs. To learn more, visit gleaners.org.