Community Service

BackSacks Project - Weekend Food for Kids

In Indiana, one in four children live in families at or below the federal poverty level.  These children often receive assistance from programs operating during the week, such as free and reduced price lunches and after-school services.  However, it is over the weekend that many of these children risk going hungry.

BackSacks, a program of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, is dedicated to improving the lives of Indiana children by providing BackSacks full of kid-friendly, shelf-stable foods to chronically hungry K-6 students over the weekends.  Carmel Rotarians assist at least one Friday a month, helping to pack over 5,000 BackSacks for the program.

Carmel Rotary initiated Gleaner's BackSacks program at one local elementary school during second semester of 2011-12 school year. A District Grant was approved to begin serving a second elementary school in the fall of 2012.


Tools for School Food Sack Project

In partnership with the Tools for School program sponsored by Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church and Gleaner's Food Bank, the Carmel Rotary is providing a sack of food for Hamilton County families receiving school supplies. 

Circle of Kindness Initiative

 A resource for people on the brink of homelessness in our community. You may be surprised to know how a layoff, a few months without a paycheck, a health problem or a loss of a partner can cause a financial emergency for people right here in our community. Our Initiative is meant to respond with quiet dignity and compassion in a meaningful way. People are in need of services:

  • Food Assistance 
  • Clothing Assistance 
  • Crisis Housing Assistance 
  • Medical Assistance 
  • Household Assistance