One of the most important issues facing the most vulnerable residents of Indianapolis is food insecurity – and as unemployment is increased at an unprecedented rate, the demand on food pantries and agencies had never been greater. So, back in March community centers all over Indianapolis sprang into action to serve as food pantries for their neighbors, running daily or weekly distribution from their facility initially making weekly trips with their own staff and less than ideal vehicles to hand load pallets of food to restock their supply.
Through our quickly forged new partnerships with Gleaners & MidWest Food Bank we were able to assist the large number of agencies scattered throughout the city beginning by using our two truck/trailer rigs that are normally utilized for our Kids Building Bikes and our ExploreIndy Ride programs, we are now making bulk food deliveries 5 days a week with a capacity of 30,000 pounds of food per day. However, once we were able to upgrade to a 26 foot dock height box truck, that capacity jumped to over 50,000 pounds of food per day to over 40 different agencies each week across Marion County.
From canned goods to gallons of milk to hundreds of watermelons and thousands of pounds of potatoes, our work now allows the staff at these agencies to focus on taking care of the needs of their constituents.