INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – With food needs increasing in communities across Indiana, The Salvation Army is preparing to pack 10,000 boxes of food to help Hoosier families.
The Salvation Army is collaborating with Midwest Food Bank and Lucas Oil Stadium to make the home of the Indianapolis Colts a temporary food warehouse and food box packing center.
On Friday, volunteers from Midwest Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Indiana National Guard, will work to fill and prepare for the first of the 10,000 food boxes.
The food boxes will be filled with shelf-stable items designed to help supplement the pantries of families who are struggling due to COVID-19 shut-downs.
The demand on food pantries across Indiana has grown as more people turn to organizations like The Salvation Army for help.
“For many of these families, this is the first time they’ve ever had to ask for help,” said Major Bob Webster, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Indiana Division. “We’re hearing from our Salvation Army units across the state that food is the number one need in their community.”
Traditional food pantries have shifted to drive-through distribution of pre-packed box, while large feeding programs have been converted to a “take-out” style hot meal distribution. The 10,000 boxes packed at Lucas Oil Stadium will help The Salvation Army sustain these food programs through the next several weeks.
John Whitaker, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank, has devoted his organization’s efforts to meeting this increased demand. “As The Salvation Army’s first responder across the United States, Midwest is able to procure and assemble family food boxes for rapid deployment, often within 24 hours of their call,” he said.
(This story was originally published on April 16, 2020)