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 continuous employee volunteer activities around the world dedicated to raising awareness of childhood hunger.
The School-Based Pantry program provides nutritious food to children and their families in convenient, familiar and safe locations, such as a school. The funds received by Gleaners will go toward expansion into 3 additional schools by fall of 2019. Two IPS Elementary Schools, Garden City Elementary and IPS School 54, will open in 2018. The third school is yet to be identified but will be located in Putnam County, the only one of Gleaners’ 21 counties without a school-based pantry.
Gleaners currently operates 53 school-based pantries serving approximately 10,000 students and families each month. The addition of these three schools will expand the program into all 21 counties served and provide nutritious meal making items, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to those in need.
The Foundation awarded a total of $1,000,000 in grants to Feeding America® member food banks across the country. Since 2009, the Foundation has partnered with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, and given more than $23 million to help launch, expand and sustain critical child nutrition programs.
“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Marion and Putnam counties,” said John Elliott, President/CEO. “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for Gleaners by generous contributions of funds and volunteer work like this.”
“We are honored to be able to help Gleaners in its important fight against child hunger,” said Branch Manager Kathy Birk. “Our employees are delighted to be part of the kick off of Global Volunteer Month and extend our support to the children in our community.”
“Grants like this from Morgan Stanley make a vital difference in our efforts to provide children with the nutritious meals they need every day,” said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. “Nearly 13 million children in the United States live at risk of hunger. Together, we can fight hunger and help children get the fuel they need to grow healthy and strong.”