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. The Pantry Partners handled 61% of the food provided by Gleaners in Marion County in 2012.
IHI is helping pantries interested to serve at a higher level by supporting their procurement of food. In 2012 this amounted to 550,000 lbs of food. 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 Indy Hunger Network, which brings together major organizations such as Second Helpings, St Vincent de Paul, Midwest Food Bank, Gleaners, and lots more. The Indy Hunger Network's goal is to assure access to sufficient nutrition food for all by 2015. (IndyHunger.org)
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 Next up is establishment and support of more Pantry Partner pantries.