Approximately 1,000 families were served at a mobile food distribution site at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Friday.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana President and CEO John Elliott said Gleaners doubled its food distribution in 2020, launching an unprecedented response to food insecurity triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The national numbers through Feeding America have been tracking 40 to 45 percent of those in line during the pandemic were due to needing help. Here locally, particularly in Marion County it’s been higher than that percentage,” Elliott said.
Gleaners will hold additional distributions at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Feb.22. and March 1st.
Corteva Agri-Science announced Friday a special $75,000 dollar challenge match for Gleaners Food Bank.
Susanne Wasson, President, Crop Protection Business Platform, Corteva Agriscience said, “We can all make a difference in the fight against food insecurity in Central Indiana. We hope others will join us to match the $75,000 challenge gift by Corteva Agriscience to Gleaners, ultimately providing more than 375,000 meals to those who need a helping hand—many for the first time."
The public is also encouraged to buy a meal for others at gleaners.org or text GIVE to 317 593-2400.