Million Meal Movement

Fighting Hunger at Home

aka Million Meal Movement   |   Indianapolis, IN   |


Million Meal Movement has a two-fold mission: feeding the hungry in Indiana and teaching the importance of volunteerism through hands-on, high-energy meal packing events. Million Meal Movement’s vision is an Indiana where its residents can hunger for something greater than their next meal.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Nancy Hintz

Main address

9250 Corporation Drive Suite 300

Indianapolis, IN 46256 USA

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Formerly known as


Thrive 360



NTEE code info

Congregate Meals (K34)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger isn’t just a third-world problem. In Indiana alone, 1 million people - including 1 in 5 children - don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. The Million Meal Movement® has a two-fold vision: feeding the hungry and teaching the importance of volunteerism. We feed the hungry in our community by working with local food banks to deliver meals to more than 600 food pantries throughout Indiana. We empower volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to make a difference through hands-on, high-energy meal packing events. We exist for those who are hungry— hungry for a warm meal, hungry for a mission, hungry to make a difference. We pack more than meals. We pack compassion.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Million Meal Marathon

The annual Million Meal Marathon is our largest packing event of the year. We bring together approximately 2,500 volunteers to pack one million meals in one day.

The event raises awareness for our organization and distributes over 600,000 meals to food banks throughout Indiana and provides volunteer opportunities for corporations, youth organizations, schools, churches, and families.

The Marathon is a hands-on volunteer opportunity that people of all ages, both young children and the elderly, can come together and serve the community. The volunteers will be working together in an assembly line to fill bags with high-quality white rice, fortified crushed soy, a blend of six dehydrated vegetables, and a powder mix with 21 vitamins and minerals. Each filled bag provides six meals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Million Meal Movement hosts meal packing events in which volunteers work together via an assembly line process to package a Macaroni & Cheese or Rice & Soy Dinner. Volunteers measure and pour the ingredients that make up our nutritionally complete meals. The meals are then weighed, sealed, and packed in a box. Our volunteers can pack 100-150 meals per hour (depending on age). The meals are delivered to local food banks or food pantries. These shelf-stable meals are easy for recipients to prepare, require no extra ingredients aside from water, and are fortified with Vitamin D and Calcium. When cooked, each package feeds (4) individuals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We fight hunger at home by partnering with groups small and large to pack nutritious, shelf-stable meals. Our meals go directly to local food banks, providing millions of meals to hungry Hoosiers every year. We package healthy, delicious ingredients into our meals designed to satisfy hunger while providing essential nutrients. Our impact extends far beyond packing meals. We believe volunteering is critical to community development, so we make it a priority to educate youth about the importance of serving their communities and the difference one individual can make. Since our founding in 2007, volunteers have packed close to 30 million meals to feed families throughout Indiana and the region. Join us today and take a stand against hunger.

Our current strategy revolves around two key initiatives:

Million Meal Marathon: This one-day meal-packing marathon held at Lucas Oil Stadium in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts is our signature event. Thousands of Hoosiers gather in an attempt to pack one million meals in one day. We believe that bringing together a diverse group of people to work together towards the goal of fighting hunger at home has an incredible impact on the community. The 10th Annual Million Meal Marathon will take place in the fall of 2020. Sponsorships and contributions make this event a major success!

Sponsored Meal Packs: This hands-on, high-energy, team-building experience allows corporate, church, and school volunteers to pack meals to benefit hungry Hoosiers. Pack on-site at our Indianapolis headquarters, or let us come to you. In just two hours, a participant can pack 400 meals. We work with local distributors, including Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Midwest Food Bank, to deliver these meals to over 600 food pantries throughout the region.

Our strategic plan in the next 3-5 years is to:
• Grow into other cities and reach out to major national accounts.
• Increase our regional penetration and focus on different categories of meals.
• Expand our offering to include Macaroni & Cheese that will appeal to a broader base of hungry people, especially children.
• Expand into more corporate sponsorships, religious organizations, and educational institutions.
• More fundraising through charitable events (Topgolf fundraiser and Dinner Dance Gala).
• Encourage more individual donations through Venmo, Dipjar at Events, and online donations.
• More marketing and website improvements as well as continue social media penetration.

Through our very talented staff, Board of Directors, and wealth of volunteers. We have the marketing, financial and organizational know-how to make this happen. However, in order to continue to support our growth, we will have to grow in staff, volunteers, and outreach. We are looking to add 2 additional board members who will have high-level corporate contacts and fundraising knowledge to meet our increased expenses. We continue to develop our staff and just completed an extensive Human Resouces Audit with a local HR consulting company. We intend to increase our sales team and target them to more specialized sponsorship opportunities (divided by corporate accounts, schools/universities, and religious institutions). We also plan to institute a more formalized Sponsor Retention Program: Recognition (Plaques/trophies and thank you) and Retention (Letting them know where the food ended up).

Since 2007, we have packed close to 30 million meals for the hungry in Indiana. We are self-sufficient, financially stable, and have strong corporate partnerships that continue to grow. We are close to finalizing the development of our new Macaroni & Cheese Meal. Our annual Million Meal Marathon is a significant media and food packing event in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium and with thousands of volunteers, and we believe we are helping to pave the way for a new generation of volunteerism. In 2018, we had 7,255 volunteers assist us in meal packs around the state. Volunteers help us run meal-packing events, making it possible for our packing participants to donate thousands of hours and distribute millions of meals to the hungry in Indiana. In just a few hours, a volunteer can make a meaningful difference. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities.

The future of the Million Meal Movement looks bright and has a lot less hunger.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve food pantries and food banks in Indiana.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added a new product to offer our clients ( a shelf-stable Macaroni & Cheese Dinner), after we received feedback regarding their clients' preferences and specific needs for school-aged children.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It's allowed them to have a voice in the products they receive. As a result, they are able to serve their clients better and make better use of their resources.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,


Million Meal Movement

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Million Meal Movement

Board of directors
as of 04/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dan Hintz

UBS Financial

Term: 2007 -

Nancy Hintz

Global BioAg Linkages

Bruce Blumberg

Blumberg Wealth Management

Chris Cimaglio

BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group

Chris Evans

American Century Investments

Dan Hintz

UBS Financial

Andrew Ackermann

MCM CPAs & Advisors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2022

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