Midwest Food Bank helps Hoosiers in need

The food in the boxes can feed a family of four for nearly a week, and the items in the personal care boxes are also important.

Indianapolis

Midwest Food Bank is helping hundreds of Hoosiers in need.

The food bank, located off I-37 near Banta Road, has teamed up with a national program, Feed the Children, to give 3,200 food and personal care boxes to 1,600 Hoosiers in need.

The food in the boxes can feed a family of four for nearly a week, and the items in the personal care boxes are also important.

The effort at the food bank involves more than 90 volunteers.

From noon to 5 p.m., cars and buses will be driving through to receive the boxes.

Director of Operations John Whitaker with Midwest Food Bank said Tuesday is a special day, but even after this effort and long past the holidays, people will still need help.

"It carries on past the holidays,” said Whitaker. “We don't just feed people during Thanksgiving and Christmas that's when most people think about others, but it's every week, every day. Hunger never takes a holiday, people are always in need."

One in four children living in Indianapolis are considered impoverished, and the number of children living in poverty in Indiana could fill Lucas Oil Stadium more than four times.  
 
Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. serve 580 hunger relief agencies in 64 Indiana counties.

Places like Wheeler Mission and the Mozel Sanders Foundation receive food from banks like Midwest and Gleaners.

Both of these agencies are seeing a 30 percent increase in food requests from this time last year.   

For information on how to donate, click here.

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