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Gleaners Food Bank calls on corporations to join hunger relief challenge and feed IPS families in need

#FilltheBanks challenge

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is setting a lofty fundraising goal as it struggles to meet increasing demand due to COVID-19.

The organization is calling on corporations across the state to join their newly launched #FilltheBanks Hunger Relief Challenge with the goal of raising $1.6 million by April 10.

If the full amount is raised, Gleaners says funds could provide emergency food boxes to Indianapolis Public School (IPS) families in need for eight weeks.

Gleaners and IPS have already partnered to get food boxes to IPS families in need, but Gleaners says demand for food has doubled in recent weeks and they need help.

With empty shelves in many grocery stores, Gleaners hasn’t been able to buy the food they need at a lower cost, which the organization says they’re typically able to do.

The Elanco Foundation kicked off the challenge with a $400,000 donation.

The Heritage Group matched that amount and other corporations like Corteva Agriscience, the IU Health Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education and Telamon have also joined in.

For more information on the #FilltheBanks Hunger Relief Challenge, click here.