The 42nd annual Mozel Sanders Foundations’ “Feed the Hungry” event attracted 2,000 volunteers who cooked, prepared, packed and delivered 40,000 meals to families in need on Thanksgiving day.
The majority of volunteers spent hours inside a Butler University cafeteria, but there are 52 satellite sites where food will be picked up or served as well.
“We are blessed with so much so if we can give, we give our time,” said Stephanie Wagers, a volunteer.
Families, co-workers and young classmates signed themselves up to volunteer as did several local and state leaders.
“The people who come out to help, they just come out year after year after year,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
Governor Mike Pence and Congressman Andre Carson (D) Indiana were also on hand.
“Congress voted to cut food stamps in a time of great economic depression, and those recipients are now receiving $36 less,” said Congressman Andre Carson, (D) Indiana.
Congressman Carson spoke to the federal government decision to cut several billion dollars from the national food stamp program that will affect many of the families on the receiving end of the massive volunteer effort this Thanksgiving.
He also emphasized the importance of events just like this one.
“People are hurting so it’s good that Mozel Sanders can fill that void, and if you look out into the room, you see people from all walks of life, all faiths and races coming together to serve humanity,” said Congressman Andre Carson, (D) Indiana.
“We seem to have a lot of people who have compassion and love for one another,” said Judy Strong, another volunteer.
The volunteers handled 15,000 pounds of turkey, 10,000 pounds of dressing, 2,000 cans of green beans, gravy, apple crisp, and dinner rolls.