On Monday, Aug. 4 the entire Indianapolis Indians organization – players, coaches, front office staff and their families – came together to help support Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana with a meal-pack event at Victory Field.
The team effort resulted in 40,176 meals being sorted, assembled, and packed in just two hours. Kids Against Hunger will distribute the majority of the meals to those in need around the world with a portion also being used to fight hunger in Central Indiana.
Thanks to a streamlined process, laid out by Kids Against Hunger, it took less that two hours to make, seal and store over 40,000 meals. Each meal includes high-quality white rice, fortified, crushed soy – 52% protein , a blend of 6 dehydrated vegetables , as well as 21 vitamins & minerals.
Indians players, coaches and their families worked side-by-side with members of the Indians front office to accomplish the food pack in what turned out to be a rewarding morning for all who participated.
“Today, our Indianapolis Indians changed the lives of tens of thousands of starving and malnourished children in central Africa and hungry families in Central Indiana by packing 40,176 life-saving meals with Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana”, said Christina Smith, executive director of Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana.
“The team, coaches, front office and operations staff banded together at Victory Field to volunteer their time to feed the hungry at home and the starving abroad while encouraging volunteerism in the greater Indianapolis community. Today, each of the 110 Indians volunteers individually packed enough meals to feed one starving child for a full year. Twenty-five percent of the 40,000 meals will be distributed through local food banks in Central Indiana and the remaining 30,132 meals will be distributed in Rwanda to children in orphanages that are facing a food shortage.”
“The Indians’ organization represents what is best about our community with their strong commitment to give back and invest themselves personally and collectively in the lives of the less fortunate. Today, we salute our hometown team and celebrate the Indians for investing their time, energy and generosity to feed the least of these. Our Indians showed the power of an individual and an organization to change the world for good — one vulnerable life at a time,” commented Smith.