Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has partnered with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., to provide additional nutritional support for all IPS students and families in central Indiana during the COVID-19 health crisis.
IPS buses will pick up and deliver Gleaners’ meal packages to 25 locations throughout the city. Distribution will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, beginning Friday, March 20. Families will receive one 17-pound box of food, which includes a variety of non-perishable meal-making items to supplement their daily nutrition. Identification is not needed.
Distribution sites are:
Anna Brochhausen School 88, 5801 East 16th Street
|Arlington Middle School, 4825 North Arlington Avenue|
|Francis Bellamy School 102, 9501 East 36th Place|
|Clarence Farrington School 61, 4326 Patricia Street|
|Daniel Webster School 46, 1450 South Reisner Street|
|Ellenberger Park, 5301 East St Clair Street|
|George W. Julian School 57, 5435 East Washington Street|
|John Marshall Middle School, 10101 E 38th Street|
|Jonathan Jennings School 109, 6150 Gateway Drive|
|Henry W. Longfellow School 28, 510 Laurel Street|
|Stephen Foster School 67, 653 North Somerset Avenue|
|Tindley Summit Academy (Formerly T.C. Steele School 98), 3698 Dubarry Rd|
|Center for Inquiry School 84, 440 East 57th Street|
|Cold Spring School, 3650 Cold Spring Road|
|Crispus Attucks High School, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street|
|Butler University Lab School 55, 1349 East 54th Street|
|Ernie Pyle School 90, 3351 West 18th Street|
|Francis W. Parker School 56, 2353 North Columbia Avenue|
|James A. Garfield School 31, 307 Lincoln Street|
|Rousseau McClellan School 91, 5111 Evanston Avenue|
|Shortridge High School, 3401 North Meridian Street|
|Susan Roll Leach School 68, 2107 N Riley Ave|
|Edison School of the Arts 47, 777 South White River Pkwy West Drive|
“Gleaners is committed to feeding the hungry. During emergency situations as we are experiencing now, we understand our role as a critical safety net for the most vulnerable. No child should go hungry,” said John Elliott, president/CEO, Gleaners Food Bank. “We’re happy to partner with IPS on this effort and have been gratified to see our two organizations come together quickly to develop a plan to meet this urgent and growing need.”
In addition to the partnership between IPS and Gleaners, the IPS Food Service team will continue to distribute pre-packaged meals through the district’s Spring Break, March 23-April 3 from 14 IPS schools and two apartment complexes. IPS will keep families informed as details are confirmed about extended meal distribution plans per the recent state-mandated school closure through May 1.
“These are unprecedented times and measures for IPS, and for other school districts throughout the state and nation,” said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. “More than 60 percent of our students qualify for free and reduced meals. Our partnership with Gleaners is crucial as we all work to keep students and their families safe and pantries stocked with nutritious food options.”
For more information about the IPS COVID-19 Response Plan and additional community resources, visit https://myips.org/about-us/covid-19-ips-response-plan/.
Indianapolis Public Schools
The largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence built through individualized, relationship-based learning. The district empowers its students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity and pursue their dreams with purpose. Though it covers 80 square miles, employs more than 5,000 people, and serves more than 31,000 students, it is committed to serving individual students with what they need.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
On a yearly basis, hundreds of thousands of hungry Hoosiers depend on fresh produce, non-perishable 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 southeast Indiana.