(Indianapolis, Ind. – April 9, 2014) In keeping with the spirit of National Volunteer Week, April 6–12, 2014, more than 200 local associates of Duke Realty Corporation (Duke Realty), will be volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana on Friday, April 11, 2014. Also that day, during an 11:45 a.m. ceremony, Duke Realty will present a $22,800.00 check to Gleaners, and Congressman Andre Carson will be on hand to help Gleaners acknowledge all of the volunteers who have partnered with them in their fight against hunger in Indiana.
Duke Realty’s volunteer initiative at Gleaners on April 11 is part of the company’s Annual Day of Service, a day on which its more than 800 associates throughout the United States are getting out of their offices and into their communities. “Duke Realty associates are firmly committed to helping strengthen the communities where we live and work and, each year, donate thousands of hours of their time to philanthropic organizations across the country,” said Denny Oklak, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Realty. “This year, we wanted to strengthen our efforts so we designated April 11, the Friday of National Volunteer Week, as our company-wide Day of Service. In addition to our Indianapolis team volunteering at Gleaners, associates in our other 14 offices will be spending their workdays lending a hand at organizations dedicated to addressing critical needs.”
Gleaners, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting hunger by securing, storing and redistributing donated food to hunger relief agencies, is also taking advantage of National Volunteer Week and April 11 to acknowledge individuals and businesses that help them do their work. Congressman Andre Carson will join representatives of Gleaners in expressing gratitude to those who help ensure that men, women and children in our state don’t go hungry.
In addition to donating their time at Gleaners, Duke Realty Indianapolis associates have raised money and collected canned food donations. Representatives from Duke Realty will present a $22,800.00 check during the mid-day ceremony on April 11 and will deliver collected food items to Gleaners the week of April 14.
Nearly 25 organizations across the country are benefiting from Duke Realty’s Day of Service. Volunteer efforts include helping out at Global Soap in Atlanta; Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC and Chicago; Meals on Wheels in Minneapolis; Give Kids the World in Central Florida; food pantries in Columbus, Nashville, and South Florida; and Little Sisters of the Poor in Cincinnati.
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty owns, maintains an interest in or has under development approximately 152.6 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 22 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.
About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
On a yearly basis, hundreds of thousands of hungry Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners supplies items to hunger relief agencies and schools throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana. Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America the nation’s food bank network. Since its inception, Gleaners has distributed over 320 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 200 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers. In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food (CSFP) Program, BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Food Pantries, and the Summer Meals For Kids Program. In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 287,000 people live in poverty—and 107,000 of them are children. To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.