Ballard Issues 'Pack The Pantries' Challenge

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is calling on Indiana businesses to make Gleaners and Midwest Food Banks' Pack the Pantries campaign part of their corporate giving plans for the holidays. The effort aims to raise awareness and donations for the more than 173,000 Indianapolis residents struggling with food insecurity.

December 2, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- The 7th Annual Pack the Pantries campaign kicked off October 31 aimed at engaging Indy residents in local hunger relief efforts. As part of this year’s campaign, Mayor Ballard issued a $500 Corporate Challenge to encourage business leaders to make Pack the Pantries part of their corporate giving this holiday season. For every dollar donated, Gleaners and Midwest Food Banks can provide three meals for neighbors in need.

More than 173,000 Indianapolis residents, including nearly 50,000 children, struggle with food insecurity and hunger. Pack the Pantries is part of a multi-pronged approach to raise awareness and gather donations to end hunger in Indy. The campaign runs through December 19. 2014.

Since the first campaign in 2008, Pack the Pantries has generated more than 100,000 pounds of food and $200,000 in monetary donations.

Chase Bank, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Cricket Wireless and the free mobile app Givelify are sponsors of the 2014 campaign.

Source: City of Indianapolis