The CARE Summer Mobile Pantry program
kicked off last Monday, at Mt. Zion Apostolic Church. This program runs from June 4 - August 25, and would not be possible without all of our wonderful partners from the Indianapolis Public Safety Agencies: IMPD, Indianapolis EMS and the Indianapolis Fire Department.
During the kick-off event, we heard from the commander of IMPD's North District, Josh Barker. Gleaners recently expanded the CARE Bags
program to the North District and has seen quite a difference already.
Barker told of one instance of where the program made a life-changing difference for one family, in the community they serve. A mom and her 16-year-old son had recently moved to the area from Evansville. They had been eating nothing but noodles for the last three months, and then their water was shut off.
Barker said that the teen called 9-1-1 as a last ditch effort. He said that he didn't know who else he should call for help. After three days of no water, the young man told him that he just wanted to be able to take a shower.
He was able to finally shower, once they reached the North District headquarters. There, officers provided him with CARE Bags and bottled water to take home. Officers also made sure to connect the him to wrap-around services that would help out both he and his mom in the long-term
"Oftentimes we find there are services available; sometimes it just takes a person at their lowest to raise their hand for help," Barker said. "That's exactly the kind of mission we want our officers to do.”