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Center volunteers help the hungry at Gleaners

November 17, 2021

Director of Events Ramona Adams (right), Lead House Manager Cindy Teeters and other volunteers from the Center for the Performing Arts pack home-delivery boxes Tuesday during a service trip to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.

Service effort packs 1,700 meals at local food bank


A volunteer crew from the Center for the Performing Arts spent Tuesday afternoon assisting in the anti-hunger efforts of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana – a state where 1 in 5 residents experiences food insecurity.


A man places frozen vegetable packages in a freezer.

Lead Audio Engineer Devin Schonsheck restocks a freezer at Gleaners Food Bank.

The Gleaners distribution center on Indianapolis’ southwest side buys produce, meat, packaged foods and other items directly from farmers and manufacturers to stock its own on-site pantry and to share through partner organizations in 21 counties of central and southeastern Indiana. Since the start of the pandemic, the organization has added home delivery, drive-through pickup and other services to continue serving clients.


The CPA volunteers began their day on an assembly line, packing home-delivery boxes with a collection of items designed to feed a family: canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti, rice, flour, pancake mix and more. Joined by a few other volunteers, they packed over 500 boxes – enough to serve 1,700 meals.


The next shift was at the pantry, where the blue-shirted volunteers cleaned up after closing time and restocked shelves, coolers and freezers.


The service trip was organized by the Center’s Employee Volunteer Committee and included staffers from Production, Development, Marketing, Programming, Events, Patron Services and other departments.

Eleven people in blue T-shirts pose against a painted mural.