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Give Back this Holiday Season: Local businesses conducting food drives and fundraisers

The season of giving is upon us again yet receiving is far more important for those that struggle to survive and provide for themselves and their families. For those looking to help the needy in our community, here are a few opportunities this holiday season:

Gleaners Food Bank collects and distributes millions of pounds of food and other products to food pantries, soup kitchens, halfway homes and emergency shelters. Food can be dropped directly at Gleaners or contributed to an area food drive. Gleaners also accepts individual and group volunteers and offers online fundraising opportunities.

Some of the local businesses conducting food drives and fundraisers for Gleaners are Kroger, Go Ape Treetop Adventure, Hard Rock Café, Asante Children’s Theater, Meridian Music, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Energizing Indiana, Security Specialists and the Tom Wood Automotive Group. For details on contributing through these businesses, visit and  

Toys for Tots collects and distributes new toys each year as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Search hundreds of toy drop-off locations in Central Indiana at or call 317-923-1584 to sign your business up as a toy drop-off location.

Homeless shelters and other organizations depend on volunteers for daily operations, especially during the holidays to provide meals to the hungry. Visit to find a shelter in need.

Gleaners Food Bank location: 3737 Waldemere Ave., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-925-0191 or visit
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