In helping raise awareness of the No One Runs on Empty campaign on food insecurity in central Indiana, Gleaners Food Bank has become an Official Charity Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the couple announced Tuesday. The news comes at the start of the first fan-attended race week of the year at IMS, ahead of the IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix double-header on Friday and Saturday, along with the Indianapolis 8 Hours endurance race on Sunday.
Starting Thursday, fans present at Racing Capital of the World will see a promotional signage encouraging food and financial donations to Collectors. The food bank is running a No One Runs on Empty awareness initiative that started in July and was highlighted with the entry Colton Herta No. 88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana in the Indy 500 last month and the GMR Grand Prix in July.
Collector almost halfway to meeting the $ 1 million challenge of the Anthem Foundation, which helped support the start of the campaign. IMS will host two joint community food distribution events with Gleaners later this year.
“IMS has always looked beyond its gates to help the Central Indiana community, so this partnership with the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is an ideal extension of that mission,” IMS president Doug Boles said in a statement. “Pickers tirelessly work to provide food for hungry Hoosiers, a need that is becoming increasingly acute during these difficult times. We are honored to be of assistance, and we encourage all racing fans to donate to the Pickers as often as possible. “
According to the release, 1.5 million to 2 million Hoosiers face food insecurity, up from 1 million before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Marion County has been the hardest hit by far. Since March, Gleaners has distributed 1.5 million meals a week in more than 20 counties served by food banks.
“The Harvest GP theme fits perfectly with our strategic goal of providing the highest possible nutritional level for those we serve,” said Josef Slater, head of operations and finance officer at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, in the release. We are very happy to be a part of it.
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