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Center staffers volunteer at food bank

December 21, 2022

Packing food Tuesday at Gleaners Food Bank were Center for the Performing Arts staffers (from left) Front of House Manager Krista Layfield, Education Associate Kristen Bales and Patron Services Concierge Sheryl Anastas.

Gleaners creates drive-through to meet growing need


A young woman in an orange safety vest directs traffic inside a Gleaners warehouse.

Director of Marketing Becky Meacham directs traffic.

A volunteer crew from the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation spent Tuesday afternoon volunteering at the Gleaners Food Bank headquarters on Indianapolis’ southwest side – an experience that was both rewarding and eye-opening.


Gleaners operates nearly 300 food pantries in 21 central Indiana counties, but due to unusually high demand this year, the central walk-in pantry in Indianapolis is closed in favor of a more efficient drive-through system.


A man in a blue T-shirt and orange safety vest loads food into the back of a car.

Brian Seitz, Director of Patron Services, loads food into a car.

In a seemingly endless line of cars and trucks, clients proceed through a large warehouse, stopping at several stations where volunteers load their vehicles with a weekly allotment of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and canned and packaged food items. Little kids smile and wave from inside.


The assembly line takes 2-3 minutes for each vehicle, some of which are obtaining food for multiple households. On this day, the drive-through system served 714 households.


Organized by the Center’s Volunteer Committee, this was the second Day of Service at Gleaners for the Center and Songbook Foundation staff.


More than 20 people pose for a photo at at the Gleaners Food Bank warehouse.

The volunteers gather for a photo at the end of their shift.