Food banks across America say negative economic conditions are intensifying demand for their support at a time when their labor and distribution costs are climbing and donations are slowing.
IBJ Podcast: The ambitious plan to end hunger in central Indiana
Podcast host Mason King talks with Margie Craft, a senior adviser at Elanco Animal Health who is leading Food Secure Indy, a coalition of companies, public officials and not-for-profit groups that want to coordinate hunger-relief efforts.Read More
High-profile coalition is taking aim at food insecurity
A group of prominent corporate, not-for-profit and government organizations is launching perhaps the most ambitious food-relief and sustainability program here in years.Read More
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The complexity of addressing food insecurity in central Indiana has grown since March, according to experts at IBJ’s “Hunger & Health” event on Friday.Read More
Gleaners Food Bank’s board is working to create a campus master plan and vet ideas for an entrepreneurial incubator next to the nonprofit’s warehouse at 3737 Waldemere Ave.
Blevins, who expects to graduate in May with a degree in human connection and organizational leadership, helped launch Butler’s student food pantry, which began distributing food in early March.
The state’s largest hunger-relief organization has in recent years dramatically increased the amount of produce, dairy products, lean meats and other perishables it provides.
The nation’s overburdened food pantries tend to only have access to canned fruits and vegetables. But call before dropping off your fresh produce.
Some local entities have increased their attention on retaining existing staff, encouraging volunteers to move into paid positions and expanding their searches when jobs become available by targeting recent graduates or community clubs or schools.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana reported seeing a 10 percent to 15 percent decrease in donations for the year compared to last year, and Second Helpings said it had only hit 50 percent of its goal for monthly donations, as of Monday.
Kroger Co. executive John Elliott has been approved to succeed Cindy Hubert by Gleaners' board of directors.
Members of the Indy Hunger Network knew it would take discipline when they set the goal of feeding 185 million meals every year—27 million more than they do now—by 2015.
Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)
Hunger-fighting charities hope to tap volunteers and resources for special projects through a new entity, the Indy Hunger Network.
“Blueprint 2” calls on well-meaning church and charity groups to stop delivering food directly to homeless camps. Professional outreach teams report that this enables people who may have addictions or mental health problems to continue living outside.
Gleaners Food Bank plans to buy a refrigerated truck to supply more fresh produce, dairy and meat to central Indiana pantries, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Kraft Foods.
The group hopes to raise as much as $100,000 in conjunction with May 14 talk at Conseco Fieldhouse.