FOP distributes 1,200 meals to Fountain Square neighborhood

Officers gathered supplies for more than a thousand meals to be distributed in the Fountain Square neighborhood. (WTHR Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Help is on the way for Circle City who need help putting food on the table.

The Fraternal Order of Police delivered 50 food boxes Friday to Fervent Prayer Church on East 38th Street. The food will be distributed far-east side families.

A similar program is taking place on the Indianapolis west side.

Besides food, the boxes also contain a variety of toiletries.

Fervent Prayer Church members are part of an ongoing, grassroots effort to stop violence on the east side. They participate in outreach street patrols with The Ten Point Coalition.

“Things that we take for granted all the time. There is toilet paper in the box. There is paper towels and there is soap in the box,” said Pastor James Jackson.

Jackson believes the food boxes will help tremendously in a part of the community classified as a "food desert." Many families do not have access to quality, healthy groceries or proper toiletries.

The FOP works with several organizations to make the donations possible. Some of the items are donated directly from active and retired IMPD officers. They fill blue plastic bags at home and send them to the FOP office for the giveaway.

“We see the hunger as police officers in the neighborhoods everyday. We are out here doing something about it because we care,” said FOP President Richard Snyder, “There is enough food in the boxes to feed a family of four. There is dinner items and there are lunch items. We even have thrown in some treats for the kids.”

Snyder helped deliver food donation boxes to Barnes United Methodist Church for distribution in IMPD's Northwest District.

Part of the goal includes deterring crimes associated with food theft. It's also part of the FOP's effort to connect officers with members of the community.

One of the food boxes can feed a family of four for a week.

The giveaway is also meant to bridge the gap created by the recent government shutdown. Many people lost their food stamps and are still trying to recover.

"Our membership, our officers and their families stepped forward. We want to fill that gap," said Snyder. "Out of our FOP, we have 300 cases of food to push out into our neighborhoods that will provide 1,200 meals."