There are a lot of wonderful organizations around the state of Indiana working to alleviate hunger issues within our community. We thought we would highlight five of these organizations: Midwest Food Bank, Salvation Army (Fountain Square), Gleaners Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, and Grace Care Center.
Midwest Food Bank – This food bank, a known name to many, serves to provide food to a network of local non-profits. At the moment, Midwest Food Bank currently distributes over $13.2 million worth of food each month. In Indiana, Midwest Food Bank of Indianapolis works with 322 agency partners to bring food to over 50 counties in Indiana and Kentucky. One fun fact about the Indianapolis location is that it has, “a Garden of Hope.” This Garden, “is an actual on-site garden, taken care of by the Burmese (Chin) refugees in the area.” The garden is staffed by volunteers and each year it produces 25-30 thousand pounds of fresh produce. How can you get involved? Check out their website here: https://www.midwestfoodbank.org/locations/indianapolis-in.
Salvation Army Fountain Square – The goal of Salvation Army Fountain Square’s food pantry is to, “help fill empty stomachs and fix broken hearts.” That is why they have an emergency food pantry where those in need can stop by and pick up a meal on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm. However, their pantry does not stop there. The Salvation Army also offers their Pathway of Hope program designed to help families meet their goals. A goal could be anything from finding housing to securing a job to buying a car. Lastly, each week, the Salvation Army Fountain Square hosts a kid’s night where a dinner and a snack is provided. Find out how to help here: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/fountainsquare/ways-to-give.
Gleaners Food Bank – Gleaners Food Bank is all about solving the hunger issue within the state of Indiana. Their goal is to, “lead the fight against hunger.” They work with over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties to distribute food to local food pantries and shelters. In fact, per their website, “1 in 6 Hoosiers are hungry.” While Gleaners mainly distributes their food throughout the state, they also have a food pantry of their own. The Community Cupboard has the feel of a grocery store and allows visitors to shop for what they need. The Community Cupboard is open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays. Of course, they also have a variety of other programs with everything from youth programs to their SNAP outreach program. To get involved, visit their website here: https://www.gleaners.org/action/
St. Vincent de Paul – St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization looking to solve hunger issues throughout the world. In Indianapolis, St. Vincent de Paul has two client choice food pantries. One is at 3001 East 30th Street and the other is at 4202 Boulevard Place. St. Vincent de Paul also gives away household basics on a case-by-case basis. Those interested in receiving household basics should contact their helpline at (317)687-0169. Similar to the Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program, St. Vincent de Paul has a program named Our Changing Lives Forever. This program walks side-by-side with clients to help them become economically self-sufficient. Interested in helping? Visit their website here for more information: http://www.svdpindy.org/i-want-to-help/
Grace Care Center – The Grace Care Center really does it all. They have a, “Choice Food Pantry, Referral Services, Vehicle Services, & ESL Classes.” They are open Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-8pm and Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. In their Choice Food Pantry, guests get to walk through and choose their own items. This food pantry has everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to refrigerated items. In Grace’s referral and vehicle services, requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. On another note, many of the individuals who attend Grace’s food pantry are not native English speakers. That is why Grace is now offering ESL classes Mondays at 6:30pm. Interested in getting involved? Visit their page to find out more: http://gracechurch.us/carecenter/.
Needless to say, there are a lot of wonderful organizations around Indianapolis working to combat hunger. Consider volunteering or donating to one of these amazing organizations – it is so easy to be a positive impact on your community!
It’s inevitable. Winter is officially upon us here in Indiana and on these cold, wet, damp days, nothing warms you or sounds better than a hot bowl of soup. If you’re craving a hot bowl of soup, here are the best places in and around Indianapolis to go to!
Circle City Soups, Indianapolis, IN
On your next lunch break, come visit Circle Soups, located within the city’s City Market district near downtown Indianapolis. Open year round, each dish is made with ingredients that are at their freshest during the season, ensuring that your meal tastes as good as it looks! Be sure to check out their Facebook page for daily updates, including their soups of the day: Potato Cheddar Bacon, Tomato Basil, and the ever popular Sweet Potato and Rosemary soup! Fun fact: did you know that you can order your favorite soup(s) by the gallon from Circle City? And they’ll even deliver straight to your door if you live within the delivery area!
Subito, Indianapolis, IN
Pronounced ‘Sue-Bee-Toe,’ this classically delicious ‘takeaway’ restaurant is just steps away from the Cultural Trail in the Whole Sale District just off Virginia Avenue. The food is made from scratch each day and comes from a variety of locally owned small businesses throughout Indiana, including places like Smoking Goose Meatery and My Dad’s Sweet Corn (a staple in Indiana). There are over 60 varieties of soups available each month, and they even have bicycle delivery available!
Soupremacy, Indianapolis, IN
Locally owned and operated is Soupremacy, where they love good soups and salads, and everything is made with the freshest of ingredients. They have up to 12 different soups made daily, and over 100 soups which rotate during the seasons. They offer gluten free, vegan and vegetarian soups, and all soups come with Amelia’s bread or crackers. If you’re feeling particularly hungry (or cold), try their generous 16 ounce Big Bowl of soup!
Shapiro’s Deli, Indianapolis, IN
100 years of Jewish tradition! Original owners Louis and Rebecca emigrated from Russia to Indianapolis in 1903, and two years later they opened up Shapiro’s Deli just south of downtown Indianapolis. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and homemade, including their Chicken Broth, also known as Jewish Penicillin for all that ails you which customers swear by! They also have a marketplace within the restaurant where you can purchase your meats and other goodies!
Zoup! Eatery, Carmel, IN
Love in ever ladle is the motto of Zoup! Eatery in beautiful Carmel, Indiana! The first Zoup! Eatery opened in 1998 in Southfield, Michigan and since then they’ve expanded into over a dozen other locations, including four here in Indiana. Unlike most soup restaurants, Zoup encourage their customers to sample the soup(s) of their choice before ordering. If you’re feeling a little spicy, try the Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo soup or the Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque.
Sahm’s Restaurant & Pub, Fishers, IN
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Fresh. Local. Family. That’s what Sahm’s Restaurant and Pub in Fishers is all about! They’ve been serving up quality food for over 30 years, and it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Everything is made in house and locally sourced, and it’s their Alaskan Clam Chowder that customers can’t stop raving about! Made from Sister Cewa’s recipe from Ketchikan, it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted before!
Fresh To Order, Noblesville, IN
Fine dining at affordable prices with powerful flavors made from scratch? Why wouldn’t you come to Fresh To Order in Noblesville? The delicious chef inspired soups are perfect on a cold’s winter day, in particular the Creamy Chicken Vegetable soup! It’s smooth and creamy with an equal amount of veggies and chicken. Eat it by itself or with crackers mixed in, or combined with a salad! Eat finer, live finer.
Rail, Westfield, IN
Rail’s in Westfield is one of those unique restaurants that you don’t come across every day. Not only in style, but also in food. It’s casual dining in a classic, upscale barn style structure and it’s also a farm to fork restaurant, bakery, and bar, with all food grown in house. Their Pumpkin Chorizo Chili is a must have fall staple in your diet this year.
The Friendly Tavern, Zionsville, IN
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“You are a stranger here but once” is the motto of The Friendly Tavern in Zionsville. The Friendly Tavern is the place where everybody knows your name and is a place that feels like home. The food is classic tavern style, and while they’re mostly known for having the best burgers in all of Zionsville, they also have some of the best chili and thick and hearty home style Vegetable Beef Soup.
Sale prices continue to grow while inventory increased for the second time this year
INDIANAPOLIS – Monthly real estate stats from F.C. Tucker Company indicate that the housing market experienced a decline in pended sales last month. November 2018 pended sales decreased 3.2 percent compared to November 2017 while the average year-to-date sale price for the 15-county Central Indiana region increased 7.4 percent to $214,075.
Homebuyers quickly purchased available homes as sale prices increased and inventory increased for the second month in a row. In November 2018, 2,478 central Indiana homes were purchased, down from 2,559 sold in November 2017. Specifically:
As they have all year, homes sold more quickly and for more money in November, signaling that it’s still a strong seller’s market.
Inventory increased once again last month, with 445 more homes listed than this time last year. In November 2018, inventory stood at 6,447 homes, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to November 2017.
“As the housing market slows down due to weather and the holidays, inventory increased again last month,” said Jim Litten, CEO of F.C. Tucker Company. “We might see inventory increase to a four-month supply early next year, but buyers should be cautious as it will decrease again once the weather improves and home buying picks back up.”
Of the pended home sales in the region last month, none were priced $2,000,000 or higher; eight were priced $1,000,000 to $1,999,999; 99 were priced $500,000 to $999,999; 371 were priced $300,000 to $499,999; 513 were priced $200,000 to $299,999; 1,029 were priced $100,000 to $199,999; and 457 were priced at $99,999 or less.
10748 Putnam Place, Carmel, IN 46032
Move in ready in West Carmel for a fantastic price! Home features updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, new paint and carpet throughout, hardwoods on main level, finished basement with great storage, screened in porch, paver patio and outdoor fireplace. Roof is only 5 years old! Upstairs has four bedrooms and master bedroom features a large on suite bath and walk in closet. Great location close to the 465 for easy access to downtown and the airport, close to downtown Zionsville, shopping and dining. Great neighborhood amenities include a pool, basketball and tennis courts and a playground. Towne Meadow Elementary, Creekside Middle and Carmel High. Seller has purchased a one-year home warranty for buyer.
Updates seller has done:
Low HOA dues- $625 a year includes lighting, landscaping, maintenance of the pool and other common areas
Just sold in Greenwood! Congrats to Kristi on the purchase of her new Greenwood condo - wishing you many years of happiness there!