A Letter from the CEO

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On January 8, I had the privilege of attending the Hancock County Senior Mobile Pantry in Greenfield. The occasion was special in that we were joined by a local team from Anthem to kick off their sponsorship of senior mobile pantries throughout our 21-county service area.

As Gleaners’ staff worked side by side with Anthem employees and community volunteers, one pantry visitor caught my attention. Carol, age 102, was visiting the pantry with her caregiver. The site coordinator indicated that Carol always came to the senior mobile pantry, and everyone knew her. She told us that she would be 103 on February 4, which just so happened to be the date of the next senior mobile. I promised her a birthday cake.

The day came and the cake was ordered from our nearby Kroger and loaded on the truck to take to Greenfield. Time went by but Carol did not show up. One of the volunteers knew where she lived and found out that her caregiver was not able to bring her that day. The volunteer brought her to the mobile pantry where everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her, and enjoyed the birthday cake.

I share this story because it is far too easy to focus on the daunting task of feeding 311,000 people who are food insecure in our 21-county service area. While the issue is big, at the end of the day it is important to remember that what we do – what your donations allow us to do – is feed Carol and others like her.

Regardless of age or circumstance, no one deserves to go to bed hungry. No one should have to make a choice between paying for needed medicine and buying healthy, nutritious food. No child should have to worry about what they will eat between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday.

I would ask you to please take a moment to view our 2018 Impact Report. I say “our” report intentionally. The food distributed would not have been possible without your generous support.

On behalf of Carol and all those your gifts help support, thank you.



John Elliott