The Ingersoll Rand Foundation presented a check for $80,000 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana today to support the organization’s weekend food program, BackSacks, for children in low-income areas. John Conover, president of Ingersoll Rand’s Security Technologies Sector, along with employees from the company’s Tobey Drive manufacturing plant, delivered the check to Gleaners at George Buck Elementary School, one of the sites that distributes BackSacks to qualifying children to alleviate weekend hunger at home.
The BackSacks program was piloted by Gleaners Food Bank in 2006. As part of the program, a donated backpack is filled each Friday (and before holidays) with kid-friendly food that’s nutritious and shelf-stable. The BackSacks program not only ensures that each child has enough to eat during weekends and holidays, but also helps reduce family grocery bills. The program is offered at Kids Café sites, Boys & Girls Clubs, and participating schools, including George Buck Elementary School.
“This gift from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation is the second largest single-year corporate donation we’ve ever received in the history of the BackSacks program,” said Cindy Hubert, president and CEO of Gleaners. “Their generosity is truly making a difference for students at George Buck, and many other food distribution sites in the region.” Since 2007, Ingersoll Rand has supported Gleaners both financially and through food drives, with this donation being the company’s largest ever. Just one food drive at the Ingersoll Rand manufacturing plant on Tobey Drive provided Gleaners with over 4 tons of donated food.
The company’s $80,000 donation will provide BackSacks for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year to food insecure children attending George Buck Elementary School as well as other locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area.
“Our 1,300-plus employees throughout the Indianapolis area who represent our Trane, Schlage, Von Duprin, Hussmann and ThermoKing brands are pleased to support the outstanding work and tangible difference that Gleaners and its BackSacks program make in our community,” said John Conover, president of the company’s Security Technologies Sector. “Our Tobey Drive manufacturing plant spearheaded our corporate involvement with neighboring George Buck Elementary School, and their enthusiasm has never waned. The passion our employees have for finding ways to enrich the students’ learning and home environment inspired the Ingersoll Rand Foundation to underwrite the BackSacks program for the school’s neediest children.”