INDIANAPOLIS — Food insecurity is an issue for nearly 1 million Hoosiers, while thousands more live in food deserts with lack of access to fresh and nutritious foods.

FOX59 and CBS4 is answering the call with its spring Pack the Pantries food drive. We are once again teaming up with Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners Food Bank to raise money to help put food on the table for Hoosier families.

The effort kicked off at 6 p.m. on Thursday and will continue for a full 24 hours.

As of 6:00 p.m. Friday, $50,887.00 has been raised.

YOU can donate in one of several ways.

Via the following websites:

Text a gift to:

  • Midwest: text @MFBINDY to 52014
  • Gleaners: text GIVE to 317-593-2400

A donation of just $1 provides about 5 meals. A $10 gift provides 50 meals and $25 covers 125 meals.

Pack the Pantries is sponsored by Financial Center First Credit Union.