Today, the JLL Indianapolis team volunteered at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Known for supporting hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, our mission was to pack as many “BackSacks” as we could during our time. Unfortunately, hunger doesn’t break for the weekend. These much needed “BackSacks” make up the very important “BackSack: Weekend Food for Kids Program.”
BackSack: Weekend Food for Kids Program
1 in 5 Hoosier children do not have enough to eat to be healthy…which means that these students come to school on Monday morning too hungry to learn. Schools do a good job of providing meals to at-risk children during the week. But what about the weekend? That’s where Gleaners’ BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids Program comes in. Each BackSack includes shelf-stable food that does not need refrigeration, and has enough food for 5 small meals and a snack. BackSacks meet 51% of the recommended daily intake of nutrients for 4-8 year olds.
Doing Our Part and Making a Difference
JLL Indianapolis is no stranger to volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. In just two hours, 22 of the JLL team put together 1,014 BackSacks! We are proud to have helped provide over 1,000 kids in our community with weekend nutrition.
There is more to be done! For every $1.00 donated to Gleaners Food Bank, that is worth $7.00 in meals or the equivalent of three meals. To learn more about Gleaners Food Back of Indiana and learn how you can donate time, resources and funds, please visit https://www.gleaners.org/.