INDIANAPOLIS — Eight hundred families received food and essentials with the help of Caring and Sharing, Feed The Children, and Fazoli’s.
Feed The Children brought two semi truckloads of donations to Caring and Sharing, a non-profit charitable organization, operating mainly as a food pantry distributing weekly emergency food orders to those that are food insecure. The items the family received will help them for up to one week.
The Wayne Township Fire Department along with Decatur Fire Department helped unload the semi-trucks and assist with food distribution and traffic control.
Joy Lorch, employee of Wayne Township Fire Department’s Community Relations, said the day was filled with people helping people.
“It was an amazing day and awesome to meet people from all the organizations and companies who gave their time, resources and employees to make a difference in the lives of those in need in our community,” she said. “The families who received (the food) were so grateful, and not to mention Wayne and Decatur Fire Department crews were great today and had a wonderful time volunteering together.”
Becki Viewegh, Executive Assistant at the Wayne Township Government Center agreed saying, “I truly was a witness to the community who seemed grateful and thankful for items they were given,” she said. “The atmosphere with all the volunteers coming together was amazing, everyone jumped in unloading and passing out product, all along laughing and enjoying working together.”
The distribution of the food and essentials is part of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 310,000 families across the country since it began in 2009.
One in four children living in Indianapolis (25.3 percent) is considered impoverished. The number of children living in poverty in Indiana (342,172) could fill Lucas Oil Stadium more than four times.
“Our Americans Feeding Americans project helps those affected by the economic downturn,” said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. “A lot of these people considered themselves middle class just a few years ago and for the first time in their lives, have not been able to provide for their families. This distribution will provide relief for them at a crucial time.”