Mozel Sanders Foundation feeds 40,000 on Thanksgiving Day, city leaders urge other groups to follow their model
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Among the thousands of volunteers at the Mozel Sanders Foundation Thanksgiving preparation who stand in long assembly lines preparing every meal with love and care is a message about fighting back against hunger around the City of Indianapolis.
“You really find out the level of hunger in our community and the level of impoverishment, so I’m deeply grateful that all of these volunteers come together and package up the meals,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
The need for food in the circle city is much bigger than most people realize. Just standing in the call center for a few minutes we heard the phone ring off the hook with people still adding meal orders.
In Indiana, one in seven households is struggling with hunger and thousands more have no ideas when they will eat next. That is why community leaders say it is so important to have groups like the Mozel Sanders Foundation, who have been working to feed hungry Hoosiers for 45 years.
“What a great legacy, what a great event, what a great cause. Over 300,000 people in the Central Indiana area are food insecure. Over a million people in the state and it is very important to help and make the world a better place,” said Congressman Andre Carson.
The Mozel Sanders Foundation served 15,000 pounds of turkey, 10,000 pounds of mashed potatoes, and hundreds of gallons of gravy. Then the meals go out to the community of Indianapolis where they are hand delivered or picked up at satellite locations.
“We have hundreds of people who are willing to drive their cars and vans to homes around the community so that everyone and every family can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal,” said Mayor Hogsett.
Looking past Thanksgiving, community leaders tell us they hope other groups around the area continue to reach out and help the hungry all year long.
“This takes all year, it does not just take a month to throw together. We have to raise $88,000 to put on the dinner. It feels good to see all of the volunteers and the Hoosier hospitality,” said Stephen Sanders of the Mozel Sanders Foundation.