A largely volunteer-powered organization, the Indianapolis Midwest Food Bank feeds approximately 75,000 people across the state each month. The nonprofit’s operations hinge on its ability to collect donated goods from Indianapolis and surrounding areas.
“Last year we had two box trucks, a 24-foot and a 16-foot truck, which we used for picking up donated food and produce,” says the Indianapolis chapter’s Director of Operations John Whitaker. “The 24-foot truck is one of the things we use every day.”
Last fall, this truck landed in the repair shop with transmission trouble. Volunteer Richard Niedermeyer remembers, “It was going to cost $497 to get the truck up and running. Just a few days later, we received the received the Gregory & Appel donation for $500. It was perfect timing.”
As part of Gregory & Appel’s 125th anniversary celebration, it donated $500 to 125 different central Indiana nonprofit organizations. Vice President Steve Appel, who served on the panel for selecting the 125 charities, says, “The Midwest Food Bank fulfills a vital need for the people of Indiana. Gregory & Appel was happy to help such a great cause.”
The Indianapolis Midwest Food Bank distributes food to nearly 200 ministries across the state. This year, Whitaker estimates, it is on pace to provide an estimated six million dollars’ worth of food; “Every little bit helps. For every dollar donated to Midwest Food Bank, we’re able to pass on thirty dollars’ worth of food to the community.”