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Volunteers needed to feed hungry Hoosiers during 13th annual Million Meal Marathon

In collaboration with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the 13th annual Million Meal Marathon kicks off Thursday, October 26th at Gainbridge Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Community organizations, families and individuals are invited to hand package the organization’s nutritious rice casserole for Indiana’s hungry.

The Million Meal Marathon unites the community as they work together to fight hunger at home.

In Indiana alone, according to Feeding America, nearly 1 million people do not know where they will get their next meal.

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The Million Meal Marathon includes volunteers from corporate sponsor organizations, local civic groups, churches and Indianapolis-area schools and families. Volunteers work in three two-hour shifts to hand-package nutritious meals for hungry Hoosiers.

Rice casserole meal packs include a blend of six vegetables and high-quality rice. It can be prepared by just adding boiling water.

Million Meal Movement

Volunteers will add the dry ingredients to plastic bags, weigh, seal and box them in teams of 10-12. The packaged meals are easy to prepare with water on a stovetop or in the microwave and feed four people. 

One hundred percent of this year’s meals packed will be distributed to food banks and pantries in Indiana. Midwest Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank and Great Harvest food pantry will pick up the packaged meals to deliver to their locations across the state. 

Up to two thousand volunteers are needed as well as monetary donations to cover the cost of ingredients. Every dollar provides six meals. The cost for individuals to pack is $35 and up to $150 for families of up to five. 

The day would not be possible without the help of volunteers and sponsors.

For more information about sponsoring a packing table and/or enrolling a group to volunteer, visit their website

Over the past 13 years, more than 20,000 volunteers have hand-packed meals, and thanks to volunteers and sponsors, Million Meal Movement has provided more than 34 million meals to hungry Hoosiers. 

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