Second Helpings

Second Helpings rescues prepared and perishable food, re-prepares it into nutritious meals, and distributes those meals to more than 90 social services organizations that feed hungry people in greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also uses some of the rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source. Since 1998, Second Helpings has collected sixteen million pounds of food and provided 12 million meals to partner agencies. In addition, more than 800 adults have graduated from its Culinary Job Training Program. Many IHC members volunteer their time at Second Helpings preparing meals, delivering food to the various social service agencies or working with food trainees to help relieve hunger in the greater Indianapolis area. Please consider joining IHC and other community volunteers in the kitchen.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., was founded in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980. Ever since, it has grown as hunger has grown—fighting the crisis in central Indiana every step of the way. Its mission is simple and direct: To end hunger by engaging individuals and communities to provide food for people in need. Ultimately, Gleaners reaches thousands of people who need assistance. They are the working poor, the unemployed, single parents and the elderly. They are the homeless, the disabled, the mentally ill. They are battered women, victims of disaster and helpless children. They are families, friends and neighbors throughout Indiana.

Kids Against Hunger

In addition to these extraordinary agencies, IHC has recently begun working with Kids Against Hunger, which packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for malnourished and starving children and their families in the United States and developing countries. The meals provide a stable nutritional base from which the recipient families can move from starvation to self-sufficiency.  By mobilizing the energy and compassion of American children, teens, and adults to package our meals, Kids Against Hunger creates an experience whereby volunteers are taught how they can make a difference in the lives of the poverty-stricken worldwide. Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana hosts 3rd Saturday of the Month Packing at its Noblesville location. Bring your family, small group, cub scouts etc. to package meals for those in need. Registration is required at Kids Against Hunger.