Indianapolis area The Pantry Partner program is a collaborative effort with Gleaners Food Bank to assist leading Indianapolis area pantries to improve access to food. There are more than one hundred food pantries in the Indianapolis area, but there is little coordination to ensure one is open when needed.
IHI is helping pantries interested to serve at a higher level by supporting their procurement of food. In 2010 this amounted to 550,000 lbs of food. We offer a grant program for pantries to assist with purchase of freezers, make capital improvements, etc. Finally, we are recruiting volunteers to help pantries be open longer hours.
Our goal is to establish at least one Pantry Partner in each township in Marion County and one in each surrounding county.
We are helping change the systems in other ways as well. IHI is a key part of the new Indianapolis Food Resource Network, which brings together major organizations such as Second Helpings, St Vincent de Paul, Midwest Food Bank, Gleaners, and lots more.
Many of the IHI congregations are speaking up for the hungry, helping to change our government’s systems for the hungry as well. Through Bread for the World we are asking our government to play its part.
What's Next We are assisting efforts to help children get access to food during summer vacations, when school lunch is not available. Also, a garden program is being piloted.