American Structurepoint employees and their family members packed thousands of nutritious meals bound for Indiana food pantries –and, this year, victims of Hurricane Maria – at the seventh annual Million Meals Marathon at Lucas Oil Stadium. The all-day event on October 10 seeks to pack 1 million meals in just a single day to help feed the hungry. Our team of 47 volunteers showed up to make a difference alongside Indianapolis police officers, Butler sports team members, and Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and players, just to name a few. Over 900 students from 10 schools also participated in the positively charged volunteering experience. All worked in assembly-line fashion to package vitamins and minerals, dried vegetables, powdered soy protein, and rice into one meal pack that will feed 6 people each.
This year brought several new volunteers to the scene – including Liza Trant, Sagar Shah, Hillary Shaffer, and Calvin Herr. For some, it was their first opportunity to participate after joining American Structurepoint. Others, like Liza, “wanted to give back.” For many, this also served as an opportunity to meet new faces from around the company in an encouraging, fun setting outside the office. Calvin summed up his first-time experience like this.
“Sharing a meal with friends and family is one of the great joys of my life. Many great memories come from gathering around a table and eating,” Calvin said. “Gathering with friends and co-workers to package meals for the Million Meal Movement is an extension of that because it means that struggling fellow Hoosiers and their families will be able to have a good meal and, even if for a moment, experience the joy a meal can bring.”
The need is great. In Indiana alone, 1 million people – including 1 in 5 children – don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. The organization has packed almost 28 million meals in its 11-year history. A big thanks to all those who participated. Our efforts will make an instant impact in Indianapolis, Indiana, and in Puerto Rico.