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Gleaners Food Bank on lockdown, evacuating building after "credible threat"

Thursday distribution canceled
gleaners food bank pantry closed
Posted at 11:31 AM, Sep 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-22 18:06:09-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Gleaners Food Bank says it is evacuating its building Thursday morning "due to a credible threat."

In a statement on Twitter, Gleaners said the evacuation and a lockdown were out of an abundance of caution.

Thursday's distribution at the Community Cupboard and all warehouse operations are canceled.

Those who rely on Gleaners told WRTV this will impact them in a big way.

"I don't know what I am going to do be doing, I don't have anything at home at all," Amy Blackburn said. "I was hoping to be able to get some food from here today. Now since I can't, I don't know what I am going to do."

Blackburn isn't alone, Fredrick Kendrick said he needs food in order to take his medication.

"I'm about to panic because I don't know what to do at this point," Kendrick said. "I have nothing but a chicken fritter in my refrigerator."

Gleaners says it plans to resume normal operations Friday morning. Food, however, is not distributed on Fridays.

If any area residents are in need of food before Gleaners reopens, the following will be open to assist:

WRTV reporter Kaitlyn Kendall contributed to this report. This story will be updated as we learn more information.