INDIANAPOLIS – This year, the LaRon Landry Leadership For Life Foundation with the help of Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Charter Schools and Forest Manor Multi-Service Center conducted a Thanksgiving Dinner giveaway Tuesday, November 26, 2013 6:00pm – 9:00pm. During the giveaway Landry and volunteers provided 500 identified families a Turkeys and a Colts bag with fixings to families in need.
In a unique public-private partnership: the Foundation purchased turkeys from a food supplier and in return, Charles A. Tindley Charter Schools and the food supplier matched each turkey purchased with a fixings bag (typically filled with green vegetable, pie, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, pies, juices etc.) so that the Turkey and fixing bag can provide a full and nutritional Thanksgiving dinner to a family of six (6) people.
LaRon Landry, (2007-2011 player with the Washington Redskins; 2012 All-Pro Safety with the New York Jets, and currently playing for the Indianapolis Colts) formed the LaRon Landry Leadership For Life Foundation in 2010. The Foundation is dedicated to providing direct and tangible services to inner city youth and families in need. Landry says "My goal is to bring this event to all 32 NFL cities, by using the model we have developed and used since 2010. This year we're in three cities and we'll feed 7,800 people; I hope to get my fellow NFL players to Join The Movement* so* we can do this in every NFL city in the country. It's all about family, food, and football coming together to feed families in need at Thanksgiving".
About the Forest Manor CommunityFMMSC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Indianapolis' northeast community, with boundaries consisting of 56th Street on the North, I-70 on the South, Fall Creek Parkway/Keystone on the West and I-465 on the East. The Center, located at 5603 E. 38th Street, has provided programs and services to area residents and families for 40 years by promoting opportunities for personal enrichment, self-sufficiency and enhanced mental and physical well-being.
FMMSC undoubtedly serves a vulnerable population, a population that faces overwhelming social issues and barriers on a daily basis. These barriers can range from homelessness to illiteracy to poverty and beyond. Of those that we are able to serve, 76.2% are African American and the average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is* *$28,390.50, with 31.5% of the families living below the poverty line and 16% of the residents living 50% below the poverty. Additionally, the area unemployment rate is 10.1% and an astounding 20% of the population has not earned a high school diploma, with 35.8% having obtained a high school diploma or academic equivalent. To summarize, FMMSC serves a minority-majority area where poverty and under education are extremely prevalent.