by Eddie Oliver

The turning leaves of fall mean a new fiscal year at Gleaners and preparation for a new legislative session in 2015. We are in the process of identifying our biggest priorities, but Gleaners expects that the following will be key areas of focus in 2015:

  • Expand and streamline out-of-school nutrition programs for children
  • Protect choice and access in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Protect the charitable tax deduction and food donation tax incentives

One thing we know for sure is that we will need your voice to help protect vital services and resources for hungry Hoosiers.

Boy with blue eyes eating yogurt

If you’d like to be a Hunger Advocate for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, we ask just one thing – your email address. Sign up for the Advocacy Update today! It comes once a month at the end of each month, and we would love for you to help fight hunger with us!

Okay… we have to ask one more thing of our Advocates. Will you take time today to invite at least one friend to join the fight against hunger and subscribe to our advocacy newsletter?

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Thank you in advance for your advocacy in the fight against hunger.

#MondayMotivation: Premier Promotion of your Peanut Butter Drive


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by Captain Drumstick

Happy Monday all! Harvey couldn’t make it in today… BUT! I’m here keeping the Monday Motivations rolling onward.

Trying to figure out this QWERTY style keyboard.

Trying to figure out this QWERTY style keyboard.

Going through emails of great Monday Motivation stories, and I came across this one from Raymond Park Intermediate Academy who participated in Shine.FM’s Spread the Love campaign by collecting over 1,000 jars of peanut butter for hungry neighbors.

Here is my favorite part. Look at how they promoted the food drives…

Share some words of encouragement and inspiration for the kids! We will be sure to forward them along to the school so that those students continue to be an inspiration to all of us who are in the fight against hunger!

You Ask, We Answer: BackSacks


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by Megan Ellis

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for taking the time to ask questions about our BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program. Below I’ve answered some questions submitted about the program. Feel free to ask more below, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

1) Do you provide BackSacks over breaks, like fall break?

We provide a BackSack to children enrolled in the program for every week school is in session during the academic year. Since the program’s focus is weekends, we don’t provide extra bags for longer school breaks.

Through our School-Based Pantry program, students and parents are able to shop and stock up on food and toiletries in anticipation of the longer breaks. In addition, our Summer Meals for Kids program provides a free meal to kids during the summer vacation months.

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Components to a BackSack

2) How many servings of fresh produce are in each BackSack?

The program’s success depends largely on the ability of schools and community partners to store a month’s worth of food at a time. For that reason, everything that comes in a BackSack is shelf-stable and never needs refrigeration. It does, however, meet 50% or more of a child’s Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for a weekend in seven nutritional categories, including calories, protein, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. All the items are also kid-tested and approved and are easy for kids to prepare and enjoy.

Thanks so much for these questions we received about our BackSack program. If you ever have any questions at all, feel free to comment on our blog, post to our Facebook timeline, or tweet us at @GleanersFBIndy.

#MondayMotivation: The Impact You Can Have


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by Harvey Bananas and Captain Drumstick

Our newest member - Captain Drumstick now joins the #MondayMotivation crew with Harvey Bananas!

Our newest member – Captain Drumstick now joins the #MondayMotivation crew with Harvey Bananas!

Here is a quick story from a Gleaners staff person:

“I spoke with a 44 year old man who seemed to have lost everything. He became handicapped and was not able to do the job he had had before. His income continued to drop, and he is currently experiencing money problems. His family life fell apart and a divorce followed. His wife gave him custody of their two sons, one with a serious heart condition. He is struggling to raise his sons on $728.00 a month and is hoping that SNAP will provide him with a little more money so that he can get food for his boys.”

How quickly life can take a turn. As much as we plan, as much as we save, and as much as we look to build a future for ourselves and those around us, we can never predict what will happen. No one is immune.

Heading into fall and holiday season, there will be plenty of ways for you to get involved and help those who are in need, and we’d like to highlight two ways you can help in just a few days…

1) Q95’s Operation Cans!

Operation Cans

Check it out. One of the area’s funniest radio shows is putting a serious hit on the fight against hunger by asking you to fill up a truck on Friday! All day you can come out to the Greenwood Walmart (1133 N Emerson Ave, Greenwood, IN 46143) and add to the cause.

2) Broad Ripple Zombie Walk

This fantastic annual event just got a logo facelift…

BR Zombie Walk 2014

But it doesn’t change how much fun you are going to have. Bring a can, eat a brain, and enjoy zombie prom all in one evening! We never knew just how charitable the walking dead can be until this event came around.

Have any questions about the above events! Leave a question in the comments section below or tweet us at @GleanersFBIndy.

Do you have questions about our BackSacks program?


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by Willie Matis

The past couple days, we have been asking for any questions you may have about our BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids Program.

This program is aimed at providing enough nutritious food to students in grades K-6 to last them the entire weekend so that they are equipped to learn when they come back to school on Monday.

Over 10,000 students are served every Friday during the school year, and the program covers 230 schools throughout Gleaners’ 21 county service area.

We hope you keep the questions coming! In one week, our Youth Programs Coordinator Megan will answer them.

Meanwhile… check out a few BackSacks Kids stories as told through this video.

Have questions about the BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids Program? List them below in the comments section!


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