Hoosiers rush to food banks for Thanksgiving help

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 24, 2014) - The holidays are an exciting and happy time of year if you're not worried about how you'll put food on the table.

Many families in Indiana are facing that stress this week and local food banks still need help to provide good, warm meals to them.

"And it's not just providing food to people, but it's the same kinds of foods that you or I would want on our tables," said David Moore, Chief Advancement Officer for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. "That is what we want to make available to the clients we serve."

Many Hoosiers struggle to eat daily, let alone on a holiday where a big meal takes center stage.

For Gleaners and most food banks in the area, the donations they take in right now account for half the budget for the entire year.

"People are still very hungry, they’re still standing in lines in April and May and June and so it’s very important that people understand that hunger doesn't end, it isn't just a holiday problem, it is a year-long problem," said Moore.

Gleaners had a slow October. Moore isn't really sure why. But he does know many of you are facing big decisions even earlier this winter than in years past.

"They’re having to make very tough decisions," said Moore. "Do I pay my winter electric bill or do I put food on my table?"

You can help by donating food at area food banks. Monetary donations are also critical. Most places take donations online.

At Gleaners, one dollar provides three meals.

This is the third straight year Fox 59 has teamed up with the Mayor’s Office of the Front Porch Alliance, Gleaners Food Bank and the Midwest Food Bank for Pack the Pantries.

This year’s campaign is in full swing, and we’re looking for donations of money and non-perishable food items to help feed the hungry this holiday season.

Click here for how you can help!

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