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

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  • 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 than 170,000 people have received food at a CARE Mobile Pantry distribution.
  • American Dairy Association of Indiana will be providing nutritious dairy products at all distributions during the first week of each month.

Community Action Relief Effort (CARE) was first established in 2015 in partnership with the City of Indianapolis. In coordination with Gleaners, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD), the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Department (IEMS) and other public safety agencies worked to identify six key “intersections” where limited food access impacted the health and safety of the surrounding neighborhoods.

These intersections – where residents work, play, attend school and church – are at a much higher risk for crime, poor educational achievement, unemployment, mental health issues, drug abuse and feelings of isolation and hopelessness. Hunger is a symptom of poverty that can directly impact some of these issues, particularly educational achievement and criminal activity, much of which is centered on securing money to buy food.

This year, the City’s Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) will coordinate with local providers to voluntarily connect residents served by the CARE Mobile Pantry program with wraparound services related to food insecurity, case management, behavioral and healthcare resources, and other community-based interventions. For the first time, the first week of each month will have dairy items provided by the American Dairy Association of Indiana. All distributions during the first week of June, July and August will have nutritious dairy products.

In 2017, the City and Gleaners launched a pilot CARE Bags program in IMPD East District, enabling officers to provide sacks of nutritious groceries directly to individuals and families they are called upon to serve who are food-insecure. That program expanded to North District and will soon launch in Southeast District Through CARE, Gleaners and the City of Indianapolis seek to alleviate the effects of hunger and food insecurity on families who are already struggling.

WHAT: Kickoff event and press conference

WHERE: Mt. Zion Apostolic Church
4900 E. 38th Street

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 2017
3:00 PM – Press Conference
4 to 6 PM – Distribution

WHO: Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis
John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
Jenni Browning, Senior Director of Communications and Wellness, Indiana Dairy
Randy Taylor, IMPD Assistant Chief of Investigations
Josh Barker, IMPD North District Commander
Joe Krebsbach, IFD Deputy Chief