Gleaners and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department understand that hunger is a symptom of poverty. Those who are hungry are more likely to have insecure housing, do poorly in school, be exposed to crime, and feel isolated.
In 2015, we partnered to create the Community Action Relief Effort (C.A.R.E.) Mobile Pantry Program, which offers food once a week during the summer at locations in designated neighborhoods, to meet the needs of as many community members as possible.
Since that time, CARE has expanded to include not just summer months, but distributions at sites throughout the year where weather is not a concern. The program now serves nearly 60,000 people annually.
Based on the success of the CARE Mobile Pantry program, we are once again partnering with IMPD to take the next step. CARE Bags will be piloted in certain districts, giving officers the ability to make an immediate impact on families for whom hunger may be an issue. CARE Bags will have enough food for 8-12 meals to sustain a family through a few days until they can access other services.
June 5 – August 26
Mondays – 4 to 6 pm Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, 4900 E. 38th St.
Tuesdays – 4 to 6 pm Kroger Parking Lot, 2630 W. Michigan St. (closed July 4th)
Wednesdays – 4 to 6 pm Eastside Community Baptist Church, 438 Wallace Ave.
Thursdays – 4 to 6 pm **Christ Our King Church, 2701 N. California St.
Saturdays – 10 am to Noon North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St.
Saturdays, 10 am to Noon **Fervent Prayer Church, 10512 E. 38th St.
** Indoor distribution in case of rain.
For more information about the C.A.R.E. Program, please contact Sloan Shockley, Senior & Mobile Programs Manager, at (317) 925-0191, ext. 165.