Police use mobile food pantry to combat crime

IMPD and Gleaners teamed up for the first mobile food bank.
The Department of Public Safety hopes free food will help secure high-crime neighborhoods.

Metro police officers turned out to hand out goodies at the new mobile food pantry. Gleaners Food Bank teamed up with public safety officials for the first-ever, 13-week summer pilot program.

"The aim is to help folks who are hungry," said Kathy with Gleaners.

"This is a blessing for me," said Tracy, who was one of dozens of shoppers.

"When people have low quality of life, or are hungry all the time, we're likely to find burglaries in those neighborhoods, or just petty theft," said .

Police say at least three recent police chases involve suspects who stole food.

"Sometimes, when you're hungry, you will do things you wouldn't normally do," Tracy said.

To try and meet those needs and avoid those crimes, the mobile food pantry program will hit locations in the six high-crime focus areas around town. The CARE Mobile Food Pantry will continue through Sept. 12. Dates and locations are:

· Mondays - 4-6 p.m. - Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church, 3505 E. 37th St. (except Sept. 7)

· Tuesdays - 4-6 p.m. - Kroger Parking lot, 2630 W. Michigan St. (across from IMPD Roll Call Center)

· Wednesdays - 4-6 p.m. - Barnes United Methodist Church, 900 W. 30th St. (closed Aug. 12)

· Fridays - 2-4 p.m. - IPS School 58m 321 N. Linwood Ave. (closed July 3)

· Saturdays - 10 a.m. -12 p.m. - North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St. (closed July 4 and Sept. 5)

· Saturdays - 10 a.m. -12 p.m. – Fervent Prayer Church, 10512 E. 38th St. (closed July 4 and Sept. 5)

CARE information is available at 317-829-1800.