This year, MWCold is hosting its holiday fundraiser in conjunction with the Gr8 Pasta Push by WISH-TV 8 to benefit Second Helpings. Employees are encouraged to donate spaghetti and elbow macaroni November 15 – December 15, which will be used to create nutritious meals for the food insecure population of Central Indiana.
Second Helpings cooks and distributes balanced meals to:
- Homeless Shelters
- Senior Centers,
- After-School Programs
- Populations Affected by Food Shortages Due to COVID-19
Why Second Helpings?
Second Helpings works to rescue food that would otherwise be wasted and convert it into nutritious meals for people in Central Indiana who may otherwise not eat a full meal that day. These meals are cooked and distributed by volunteers and students in their Culinary Job Training Program, which trains unskilled laborers and convicts in the culinary arts, helps with job placement, and counts as 5 credit hours toward the Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Program.
Second Helpings cooks 1,100 pounds of spaghetti and macaroni each week as part of a balanced meal, but it isn’t donated as frequently. Pasta has a long shelf life, so wholesalers and grocery stores don’t need to pass it on very often. This means your donation will make it into meals quickly, and there are fewer chances of it going to waste.
Why Should You Give Now?
At the beginning of 2020, 15% of Hoosiers didn’t have consistent access to foods that support a healthy lifestyle, and Second Helpings has seen that number has sharply increase due to the pandemic. There is an unprecedented lack of access to nutritious foods in these communities, so it’s more important than ever to take care of them.
Please consider a donation of spaghetti or elbow macaroni between November 15 and December 15 to provide meals to Hoosiers in need.