Indy Eleven and Green BEAN Delivery team up with Second Helpings to tackle hunger for the 2018 USL season.
For every goal that midfielder Zach Steinberger scores this season, Green Bean Delivery will donate 100 pounds of fresh produce to local hunger relief nonprofit Second Helpings. Each day, Second Helpings staff and volunteers transform donated and rescued food into 4,000 meals delivered for free to 85 partner agencies across Central Indiana.
“After hearing about such an incredible cause from James Nimmer at Green Bean Delivery, I was so excited to get involved any way I could!” Steinberger said. “I had no idea how many people and even children were food insecure in Indianapolis. It was so uplifting to discover that Second Helpings not only provides meals, but they also offer job training for those who are desperately in need. I fell in love with this vision! My goal this season is to help spread awareness and contribute as much as I can to eradicating hunger in Indy with the help of Green Bean Delivery and Second Helpings.”
Food insecurity is a serious problem in Central Indiana. One in six Hoosiers in the region is food insecure, with numbers rising as high as one in five among children and seniors. Hunger is on the decline nationally, but the percentage of hungry Hoosiers actually rose to nearly 15 percent in recent years; that’s nearly 2.1% higher than the national average.
“We are thrilled to partner with Indy Eleven player, Zach Steinberger, for his 2018 season,” Nimmer said. “Fighting food insecurity in the Indianapolis community has always been a priority for us at Green Bean Delivery. By donating 100 pounds of fresh produce to Second Helpings for each goal Zach scores, it not only helps feed those in need, but brings needed attention to a prevalent issue within our community, and that is the vast number of children and seniors who don’t have daily access to a warm, nutritious meal.”
In addition to food rescue and hunger relief efforts, Second Helpings also operates a free Culinary Job Training program for unemployed and underemployed adults, aimed at securing them employment in the restaurant industry. Since 1998, more than 770 graduates have completed the job training program.