IBF Fellows Give Back at Gleaners - IndyBar Blog

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Posted on: Jul 25, 2014

The Rundown:

  • 12 IBF  Distinguished Fellows

  • 2.5 hours

  • 12 items packed per bag

  • 1,854 BackSacks prepared


Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana works to feed the hungry across the state, and on July 23, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellows pitched in to help them do just that. While Gleaners serves 21 counties in central and southeast Indiana, their main food bank is located in Indianapolis, which is where the Fellows worked.

Hon. Bob Altice
Hon. Denise LaRue
Nick Baker
Kerry Blomquist
Amanda Blystone
Carolyn Clay Hall
Ronnie Katz
Mark Ladendorf
Jennifer Richter
Dana Stutzman
Amy Van Ostrand-Fakehany
Laurie Young

Several Fellows brought their children to lend a hand. It was a family affair with all hands on deck!

[caption id="attachment_1003" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Kerry Blomquist works with her sons Eric and Mike on the assembly line. Kerry Blomquist works with her sons Eric and Mike on the assembly line.[/caption]

What did they do?
After an orientation video, the Fellows were led to the warehouse and put to work on the BackSacks line. BackSacks is a program that Gleaners provides for hungry children on the weekend. It is available to schools with K-6th graders currently has 230 participating schools.

Each week, Gleaners delivers over 10,000 BackSacks for children to take home for the weekend.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat was in the bag?

  • 3 juice boxes

  • 1 cookie bar

  • 1 oatmeal cookie

  • 1 package of graham crackers

  • 3 heat-and-eat lunches

  • 1 box of cereal

  • 1 pudding cup

  • 1 package of fruit snacks

[caption id="attachment_1006" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IBF Fellow Dana Stutzman packs a Chef Boyardee product into one of the BackSacks. IBF Fellow Dana Stutzman packs a Chef Boyardee product into one of the BackSacks.[/caption]

When do the IBF Fellows have service projects? 
Twice a year. They have previously volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and Second Helpings. Their next service project will take place this fall.

How did so many bags get filled?
A lot of hard work and helping hands! There was a conveyor belt of BackSacks that circled around the pool of volunteers. The IBF Fellows worked for over two hours to fill each one up with each food and drink item.

[caption id="attachment_1010" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Assembly line at work! Assembly line at work![/caption]

Why is it important?
There is a very real need to help the fight against hunger in Indiana. Over one million Hoosiers struggle with hunger, and Gleaners helped distribute 25 million meals to 300,000 of those people last year. Hunger isn't defined by region or age group - in fact, out of the 300,000 people served in 2013, 100,000 of those were children.

Who are the IBF Fellows?
Each year, IBF leaders nominate individuals who are dedicated to the profession and work together to advance justice and lead positive change to become IBF Fellows. With service projects like the one at Gleaners, IBF Distinguished Fellows dedicate their time and talents to give back to the community under the umbrella of the IBF.

Learn more about the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and its other projects here.



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