Indianapolis, Metropolitan Polices are bringing value additions in their public services by delivering “help and hope at their doorsteps”! Police are beefing up their arsenal of food to pass out to the struggling families! In a way they are fighting crime and hunger in one go!
That day, Patrolman Jeremy Torres was called to the east-side home because of a family dispute. But what he could see there was a single mom – a disabled Marine Corps veteran- struggling with little to no food for her two children! Earlier in situations like this, Torres and his fellow officers used to share the phone numbers of food pantries and other social service to “help yourself”!
But at this time, these young Metropolitan Police Department officers went those extra miles to door deliver some food for this hungry family. They dashed in to their patrol car and returned with a bag full of nonperishable food, enough for about a dozen meals! “We can give them a phone number to call, but to be able to have the bag of food right then and there, that makes the difference” Jeremy said!
The CARE (Community Action Relief Effort) Bags program, which is now officially launches in IMPD’s East district. It’s a joint project of Indianapolis public safety agencies and Gleaners Food Bank. At IMPD’s East District headquarters in the former Eastgate Mall, 162 bags of food are stacked on pallets in the roll call room, available for officers to sign out daily. Each bag contains shelf stable items including rice, beans, peanut butter and pancake mix. In addition, referral card for Connect to Help 211 and other social services are included!
“We know that people who live with hunger daily usually face more life challenges,” said Gleaners President John Elliot. “Bringing CARE to these neighbourhoods has delivered not just food, but also help and hope” In this he said “Police and the city become larger agents of positive change”!