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 of 34 food banks nationwide to receive a grant.

"Hunger is an issue in every community. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is thankful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its commitment to fighting hunger and supporting children and families in need in Johnson County,” said John Elliott, CEO at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana."

Each year, 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 12.2% of people in the Johnson County community. Thanks in part to a $10,463 Feeding America grant from the Caterpillar Foundation, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is able to provide 7 mobile pantries in Johnson County.

“The Caterpillar Foundation is committed to alleviating poverty in the communities in which we live and work. We are proud to partner with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to support individuals in Johnson County who may not know where their next meal will come from,” said Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation.

The Caterpillar Foundation’s national investment will help 300,000 people facing hunger in Caterpillar communities in 44 counties. Caterpillar Foundation has helped provide more than 5 million meals to Caterpillar communities since 2015.

Thanks to the generous support this grant has already provided in Johnson County, Gleaners served 1,540 individuals through 24,774 pounds of food distributed from September 1st through November 30th. Gleaners is especially grateful for the volunteer support provided by Caterpillar Remanufacturing in Franklin. For more information about Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, go to: www.gleaners.org.

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About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

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. Charity Navigator has recognized Gleaners as a 4-Star organization for six consecutive years, the highest rating for a charity demonstrating fiscal management and accountability. Since its inception, Gleaners has distributed over 438 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 200 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers. In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as the BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, Mobile Pantry, Summer Meals for Kids, and Senior Hunger Initiative Programs.

About the Caterpillar Foundation

Founded in 1952, Caterpillar's philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $650 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.togetherstronger.com.