Community comes together for Gleaners program for needy children

High school students volunteer at food bank

INDIANAPOLIS - Bishop Chatard students volunteered at Gleaners Food Bank to fill 1,500 bags for the Back Sack program Wednesday.

"Coming down here, I thought we'd just fill some bags and go home, but then they showed us the video of how many people there really are that need our help," said sophomore Charlie Wessel. "It really opened my eyes to see that."

Thousands more Back Sacks will be done by others, because the need is that great.

"Many of these Back Sacks will go out to Fayette County, where one in three children there are hungry. We do rural as well as the urban areas here in Indianapolis," said Gleaners CEO Cindy Hubert.

The Back Sack program reaches kids throughout central Indiana who may not have enough food over the weekend.

They get a bag of food to help them make it to Monday, when schools are ready to serve breakfast once again.

"Wow, this is amazing. I never thought stuff like this would save a life, but if you think about it, this is saving a life and making someone's life better," said senior Christina Martinsen.

The goal is get 10,000 bags filled by the end of every week.

Wednesday, RTV6 and the Scripps Howard Foundation presented Gleaner's with a $6,000 check to support the Back Sack program.

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