INDIANAPOLIS – On Sunday, November 29, 2015, the Indianapolis Colts teamed up with Meijer, the Official Supercenter of the Colts, and Bullseye Event Group to host the Tenth Annual SACKing Hunger Food Drive, prior to the Buccaneers game. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., volunteers bundled up in the cold and collected canned/non-perishable food items from Colts fans at the Colts Community Collection Stations, presented by Toyota, located outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate.
Volunteers, ranging from eight years old to adult, encouraged football fans without items to drop in any cash amount big or small, as each fan who donated received a limited edition posters featuring Colts defensive players, D'Qwell Jackson, Bjoern Werner, Trent Cole, Jerrell Freeman, Erik Walden and Robert Mathis. After the two hours before kickoff, volunteers were able to bring in more than 600 pounds of food as well as over $1,800 in monetary donations, which is enough to provide 5,972 meals. All donations will benefit Gleaners, an organization that stores and redistributes donated food to more than 350 hunger relief agencies to serve Indiana's impoverished households. Gleaners also held a virtual food drive that ended on November 30, 2015.
The Colts Gameday Collections program will continue to run throughout the 2015 season with a different charitable collection held prior to each home game. Upcoming collections include Books for Youth and the Damar Services Collection. A complete list of future collections is available at www.colts.com/collections. Fans may also support the Colts Gameday Collection Program and Gleaners Food Bank by utilizing social media. Fans may find additional information on the SACKing Hunger Food Drive by following @GleanersFBIndy on Twitter, @ColtsCommunity on Twitter and Instagram or 'Colts in the Community' on Facebook.
Colts Fans Helped Donate Non-Perishable Food Items and Cash for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana during Meijer's SACKing Hunger Food Drive
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About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
On a yearly basis, hundreds of thousands of hungry Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners supplies items to hunger relief agencies and schools throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana. Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. Since its inception, Gleaners has distributed over 320 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 200 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers. In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as the BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, Mobile Pantry, Summer Meals for Kids, and Commodity Supplemental Food (CSFP) Programs. To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.