Indianapolis-based moving company hosts food drive in partnership with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
March 24, 2011 - Indianapolis -While Central Indiana is a
vibrant place to live and work, there are still more than 200,000
Hoosiers who live in poverty and who go hungry every day. Wheaton
World Wide Moving - the country's sixth largest household goods
relocation provider - is trying to get their lives moving in the
right direction. In partnership with Move For Hunger, a
not-for-profit organization that collects unwanted non-perishables
from moving customers, Wheaton employees collected more than 1,050
pounds of canned goods, boxed food and bottled water during the
course of a two-week food drive. Wheaton donated the collected food
to Gleaners for distribution throughout Central Indiana.
"We are so grateful for Wheaton World Wide Moving and Move For Hunger's partnership," said Cindy Hubert, President and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank. "The generous donation from Wheaton employees is a welcomed and much needed addition to the thousands of pounds that will come Gleaners way thanks to their participation in this innovative program."
Move For Hunger was conceived by a Wheaton interstate agent in 2009 with Wheaton as a founding partner. The organization works with Wheaton agents in Central Indiana and around the country to collect non-perishable food items that won't be moved to customers' new homes. The food is then donated to local food banks.
"Through Move for Hunger, we're turning our everyday operating reality into opportunities to help the communities we serve," said Dave Witzerman, president of Wheaton World Wide Moving and a Move For Hunger board member. "While there's still tremendous work left to be done, we're happy to provide Gleaners and the hungry of Central Indiana with even a little bit of relief."
About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
Over 160,000 Hoosiers are not hungry today because Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana provides food and critical groceries to hunger relief charities. Gleaners, a member of Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), was established in 1980. Since then the food bank has distributed more than a quarter billion pounds of food and critical grocery products to more than 350 hunger relief programs serving Hoosiers in need in 21 central and southern Indiana counties. To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.