City of Fishers will conduct food drive 


On Jan. 16, the City of Fishers will hold its first-ever community-wide food drive on to support local food pantries. Donations will be collected with a “Pack the Bus” event at Fishers local parks and all three Fishers Kroger stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fishers has partnered with Good Samaritan Network, Memory Ventures and Hamilton Southeastern Schools to conduct the food drive. The purpose of the donation effort is to “celebrate the kindness of Martin Luther King Jr.,” according to the City of Fishers. 

Donations will be collected at the following parks and Kroger stores:

  • Brook School Park: 11780 Brook School Rd.
  • Cyntheanne Park: 12383 Cyntheanne Rd.
  • Flat Fork Creek Park: 16141 E. 101st St.
  • Harrison Thompson Park: 13573 Conner Knoll Pkwy.
  • Nickel Plate Amphitheater: 6 Municipal Dr.
  • Holland Park: 1 Park Dr.
  • Saxony Hall: 13362 Pennington Rd.
  • Heritage Park: 10595 Eller Rd.
  • Kroger: 9799 E. 116th St.
  • Kroger: 11700 Olio Rd.
  • Kroger: 7272 Fishers Crossing Dr.
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Volunteers during last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. citywide volunteering efforts helped pick up trash along the Nickel Plate Trail. (Photo courtesy of the City of Fishers)

Amy Crell, volunteer coordinator with the City of Fishers, said the event is in response to local food drives experiencing “extreme need.”

“We’ve learned that the local food banks are experiencing an increase in demand and a decrease in supplies,” Crell said. “We want to support them and the people who use our food banks.”

Crell said the donation event is an effort to bring the community together for a central cause on a national day of service. 

“We also want to bring the community together and have an opportunity on MLK Day, a day of service, to get involved.”

Ashley Elrod, director of community and public relations for Fishers, said the city’s community engagement team saw an opportunity to do good and help neighbors. 

“Our community engagement team really helped elevate (the event) to bringing the community together and bringing a helping hand to our neighbors and those in need,” Elrod said. “I think it’s a great way to bring volunteerism, community engagement and the schools all together to do something positive for each other.”

Crell said the city’s goal is to donate at least 50,000 pounds of shelf-stable food to local food pantries. 

“It’ll really take the help of the whole community to come together for this goal,” Elrod said. “We’re hoping that everyone plays a part to make this happen.”

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating can visit to sign up. 

People looking to donate but can’t do so in person can order donations and have them delivered to the city via the Amazon wish list. A link to the wishlist can be found at