With the end of 2020 in sight, Something Splendid is on a mission to make the most of what we have left of what has been a challenging year for all. Our hearts are filled to the brim by the support you’ve shown us this year. As such, we look forward to filling bowls and stomachs, as we partner with the incredible Gleaners organization, a member of Feeding America, during our December “Gift & Giveback” initiative. We are excited to share that during the entire month of December, a portion of all Something Splendid sales will be donated to Gleaners.
Gleaners — whose noble mission is to lead the fight against hunger — was founded in 1980 by a group of concerned citizens who felt strongly that no one should go hungry. Since then, they have distributed more than 520 million pounds of food and critical grocery through a committed network of more than 550 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, and community partners throughout our 21-county service area. In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners also operates Fresh Connect Central, one of 7 regional produce cooperatives for Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. They are also a disaster relief staging site for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the contract reclamation site for Kroger Central Division.
Gleaners also takes their support on the road. Designed as a food pantry on wheels, Mobile Pantries work to fulfill the needs of families and individuals that fall outside the reach of agency partners in the area. Transportation can be a challenge for many. Mobile pantries are designed to take food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to centrally located areas.
In order to serve as many Hoosiers as possible, Mobile Pantry vehicles must be equipped to hold large amounts of food. Their trucks carry an average of 7,500 pounds of food, and one meal equals 1.2 pounds of food. Therefore, each Mobile Pantry vehicle carries about 6,250 meals. Gleaners utilizes refrigerated box trucks to accommodate for frozen meats, dairy, and produce. Mobile Pantries allow individuals the opportunity to select nutritious foods to fit their dietary and personal needs. In 2019, Gleaners provided 1.7 million meals at 228 distributions in 13 counties. Among those served were 41,000 children.
To date, Gleaners has distributed 25,169,879 meals to the more than 297,690 food insecure individuals throughout central and southeast Indiana. They collaborate alongside nearly 600 community partners and agencies to expand their already impressive reach.
Something Splendid is proud to support Gleaners during the month of December, and it is our hope you’ll show support for them all year long. Whether it be via one-time donation, giving monthly, or even hosting a virtual drive, there are many ways to help advance the amazing work this organization is performing throughout our communities.
If you or someone you know is food insecure and could use a hand up, Gleaners’ Agency Locator tool is a great resource and way to help provide actionable help to those who need it most.
As always, thank you for your support of Something Splendid and the organizations whose work we value and are committed to helping advance.
Happy gifting & giving back,Elyse, Erynn + Allison
Owners, Something Splendid