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Indy organization helping with food donations in the face of COVID-19

Packing 7,000 meals for the hungry
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Posted at 10:27 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 10:07:35-04

INDIANAPOLIS — It was called a pack-a-thon, a Tuesday event by Pack Away Hunger, an Indianapolis-based organization working to feed the hungry in Indiana.

And with the pandemic-related challenges some families are having putting food on the table, Pack Away Hunger is busy at their building on the city's southeast side.

For six-hours Tuesday, employees packed 7,000 meals for local families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Under normal conditions, the organization holds meal packing events with local businesses, churches and community groups. With those events postponed and with such a great demand for food, meal inventory is running low.

Tuesday was also "Giving Tuesday Now," a global day of giving created in response to the unprecedented need caused by the pandemic. According to Pack Away Hunger, the day is intended to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

Pack Away Hunger staff observed social distancing and wore masks throughout the packing process.