Salvation Army Indiana and Midwest Food Bank are teaming up again to pack thousands more boxes of food for Indiana families in need. The nonprofits say volunteers will pack 5,000 boxes of food at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday.
IIB reported on the nonprofit’s efforts in April to pack 10,000 boxes of food and distribute them to food pantries across the state.
The Salvation Army says the stadium is being used as a food warehouse and food box packing center as part of Indiana’s COVID-19 disaster response. The nonprofit is using funds from a Lilly Endowment grant to purchase food to fill the 5,000 boxes.
Volunteers from both nonprofits will work together with Lucas Oil Stadium staff and Indiana National Guard members to fill and prepare the food boxes. The nonprofits say Two Men and Truck will distribute the boxes to food pantries on Wednesday.
The food boxes will be filled with shelf-stable items to help supplement the pantries of struggling families. The nonprofit says Meals Ready to Eat provided by FEMA will also be added to the boxes for emergency provisions in the next few weeks.
The Salvation Army says food boxes are expected to be redistributed to hard-hit communities like New Albany, Columbus, and Evansville, among others, and several rural counties such as Miami, Fayette, and Clinton will also receive food boxes to assist with local food programs.
As more businesses re-open, The Salvation Army says it will shift its focus from food to financial aid while continuing to operate its food pantries and program.