Group hopes to pack 1 million meals in one day

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Million Meal Movement will host a hand-packing meals marathon in downtown Indianapolis Nov. 13. General Manager Shane Scarlett said the organization hopes to pack 1 million meals in one day.

“Million Meal Movement is a hunger-relief organization in Indianapolis,” the Fishers resident said. “All the food is hand-packed by Hoosiers, and it stays right here to help Hoosiers struggling with hunger. The Million Meal Marathon is a single-day event in the fall where we have over 3,000 people come through and attempt to pack a million meals in one day.”

Scarlett said the Million Meal Movement’s mission is feeding the hungry and promoting volunteerism.

“We want to make sure every Hoosier doesn’t go to bed hungry and make sure every kid has a warm meal to the best of our ability,” Scarlett said. “The second prong is volunteerism. We highlight our volunteers. There’s a job for everyone to do. We highlight ourselves on that we have an opportunity for anybody who wants to volunteer with us.”

Scarlett said the Million Meal Movement accepts volunteers of all ages and abilities. The organization recently partnered with the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to create volunteer opportunities for its students. The Million Meal Movement has many families volunteering to accomplish its mission.

The Million Meal Marathon is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. Volunteers will work in four, two-hour shifts alongside Indianapolis Colts players and cheerleaders. The meal packs include a blend of six dehydrated vegetables, enriched soy with 52 percent protein and 10 vitamins and white rice. They can be prepared by adding boiling water.

For more or to volunteer, visit millionmealmovement.org.

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