Thousands of volunteers attend 6th annual ‘Million Meal Marathon’

Thousands of volunteers to attend 6th annual 'Million Meal Marathon' (WISH Photo/Joe Melillo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thousands of volunteers will be at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 6th annual “Million Meal Marathon” on Tuesday.

Leaders from the Million Meal Movement said one in five Indiana kids are considered food insecure. Volunteers will try to help by putting together meals for as many people as possible. The goal is one million on Tuesday.

About 2,500 volunteers and some Indianapolis Colts players were expected to help at the event.

The meals themselves are made up of four dry ingredients. Volunteers take vitamin powered, dry vegetables, soy protein and some rice and put it together in a bag. Volunteers seal the bag then ship it out. Each bag is about 13 ounces and can feed six people. Anyone receiving the bag just needs to add water to the food.

Meals will go to food banks in Indiana. Organizers of the event said 15 percent of households here struggle with food insecurity. They’re hoping this movement is just as meaningful for the volunteers as it is for those receiving the food.

“My hope is that the people who are here today volunteering with us and packing meals will carry that spirit back into the community and volunteer to do other things whether it’s serve again with us, work at a soup kitchen or any other volunteer activity… that they just enjoy that experience of volunteerism,” said Jill Madinger, executive director of the Million Meal Movement.

So far the organizations said it’s made more than 26 million meals the last six years and they want to hit more than 27 million Tuesday. Their next big event, if your organization would like to get involved, is Nov. 24, which is Thanksgiving morning. The best part is you can bring the whole family.