Volunteer in Indianapolis to help food banks with a million meals

INDIANAPOLIS – Million Meal Movement, a local anti-hunger organization, is looking for thousands of volunteers to pack boxes of food during this year’s month-long event.

The organization is also asking for monetary donations to fund these packaged meals, which go directly to Gleaners and Midwest food banks for distribution throughout Indiana.

The 11th edition Million marathon meals kicks off Thursday, October 14 with a one-day event in partnership with the Indiana Pacers and Fever. Some 3,000 volunteers will hand-cook mac and cheese dinners from 9 am to 7:30 pm at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

The 2021 effort continues through November 19 with many other much smaller packaging events at the Million Meal Movement headquarters, 9250 Corporation Drive in Indy. Small groups of volunteers will work two-hour shifts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and a few weekends to bag the dry ingredients, weigh them, seal them and wrap them.

Meals will be delivered to Gleaners and Midwest warehouses in Indianapolis, then distributed by those organizations to pantries across the state.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact have dramatically increased demand for food aid in Indiana. Food insecurity has increased by more than 50 percent, according to Million Meal Movement. Food banks are seeing unprecedented demand, with 40% of people visiting for the first time.

If you want to get involved, sign up for the October 14 launch event here or one of small group packing teams here. The cost of participation is $ 30 per person or $ 100 for a group of five.

For those who cannot come, go here to donate. Every dollar donated provides four meals.

Million Meal Movement is a humanitarian food aid organization established in 2007. Since then, more than 17,400 volunteers have prepared 31.5 million meals by hand.

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