Carmel family’s nonprofit aims to pack 30 millionth meal this month

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Since 2007, Carmel’s Hintz family has been working toward a lofty goal of hunger relief, and this year, during their annual Million Meal Marathon, they will pack their 30 millionth meal.

Dan and Nancy Hintz founded the Million Meal Movement 13 years ago, and as they have for the past eight years, the couple will once again bring together more than 3,000 Indy-area folks at Lucas Oil Stadium to pack at least 1 million meals, all of which will be donated to Indiana food banks. Million Meal Movement reaches all of the state’s 92 counties.

The Million Meal Marathon is set for 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

“We have Hoosiers of all walks of life coming together to help others who are in need. In Indiana, one in five are hungry, and I think a lot of people don’t realize that,” Nancy Hintz said. “We have a lot of single parents and grandparents raising their grandchildren. We have veterans and seniors who have to make a choice between their medication or food or other bills. The problem is that wages and salaries have not kept up with the rising cost of living. So, I love seeing Indiana and its communities come together the help one another.”

Volunteers work in two-hour shifts alongside former Indianapolis Colts players and cheerleaders to pack the meals, which consist of vitamins, dehydrated vegetables, rice and soy.

In 2018, the organization packed more than 1.8 million meals. For more information about sponsoring a packing table and/or enrolling a group to volunteer, visit millionmealmovement.org.

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