Pack the Pantries: Just one text can help fight hunger

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INDIANAPOLIS — Food pantries in central Indiana have seen a dramatic increase in demand since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the holiday season approaching, FOX59 is teaming up with Gleaners and Midwest Food Bank to host a virtual food drive on Friday, December 4.

We’re encouraging viewers to help fight hunger in central Indiana by making a financial donation to both food banks.

Donations can be made several ways.

You can donate at the following websites:

You can text a gift to:

  • Midwest: text @MFBINDY to 52014
  • Gleaners: text GIVE to 317-593-2400

The need for food has spiked during the pandemic, overwhelming the resources of both food banks.

Financial donations are requested, rather than food, because Gleaners and Midwest can buy in bulk at wholesale prices, stretching the dollar much further.

Just a $1 donation can provide 5 meals. A $10 gift provides 50 meals and $25 covers 125 meals.

Even before the COVID-19 surge, the need in Indiana was great. More than 1 million Hoosiers go hungry every year, and one in six Hoosiers goes to bed hungry every night.

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