INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts and thousands of local volunteer groups teamed up to fight back against hunger, packing one million meals to feed hungry Hoosiers across the state.
“The food is going to help somebody and give them hope when there had none,” said Executive Director of Million Meals Movement Jill Madinger.
The meals that are packaged during the Million Meal Movement will help the hungry, including the one in five Hoosier households with children that struggle to put food on the table on a daily basis. The packages are made up of four dry ingredients that when combined with water, transform into a nutritious meal for up to six people.
“It has enriched and fortified soy, which has the protein. It also has enriched rice, a blend of seven different vegetables,” said Madinger.
Players from the Colts took their talents off the field and helped tackle the hunger issue in the state of Indiana.
“When I was growing up, my family depended on these meals sometimes as well, so it definitely feels good to come back and be able to give back to the community,” said Colts offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark.
“When you are at the dinner table you learn to be grateful for what you have, because some people do not have it,” said Colts defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles.
All of the ingredients cost around $250,000 in total, but with the help of donors and sponsors the group has raised that money for the past 6 years. Now, Million Meals wants volunteers to help raise awareness of the ongoing hunger problem in the state.
All of the meals that were packaged at the event stay in Indiana. The meals will be delivered to several food banks around the state.