INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Thanksgiving is just right around the corner and with thousands of Hoosiers not able to put food on the table for their families, the Mozel Sanders foundation is stepping in to help for the 45th year in a row.
“Having a Thanksgiving meal is something that everyone looks forward to and there are individuals that just cannot afford it and don’t have the resources,” said Shannon Joseph of the Mozel Sanders Foundation.
The group says that the need for their dinner service is growing each and every year. Right now, about one in every five families in the state of Indiana struggles to put food on the table and cannot sit down and enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.The Mozel Sanders Foundation serves up a hot meal that warms the soul every Thanksgiving Day.
“It is portioned out with turkey, dressing, green beans, apple crisp, and a roll,” said Joseph.
This year, the foundation expects to serve meals to around 40,000 hungry Hoosiers.
“Most folks just believe that it is just in Marion County, but it is not. I delivered a meal in Carmel one year. The house was a nice size and a man came to the door with three little kids in the back and I gave them the meals. That is when I really realized how big of a problem this is,” said Joseph.
Volunteers say that it is more than just offering a plate of food to others, but also gives them hope when they are feeling down and out.
“It is a nice gesture and an act of kindness. Just look at how we began and where it is now,” said Stephanie Sanders Young, CEO of the Mozel Sanders Fountation.
Right now, the foundation needs your help raising $47,000 for expenses for the dinner. $32,000 of the money raised will be spent on this year’s Thanksgiving meal and the rest will be used to pay for unexpected expenses and help out with next year’s dinner.
If you would like to help out with the dinner or donate, click here.