Hundreds enjoy their picnic lunch at Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Hundreds enjoy their picnic lunch at Veteran's Memorial Plaza.

After a night of thunder storms and heavy rain, sunlight broke through the clouds to create the perfect day for The Salvation Army’s first annual Eat Outside the Box picnic.  Hundreds came down to Veteran’s Memorial Plaza to enjoy the sites, sounds, and tastes of this special event.

Pulling off an event this great was only possible through the help of some special partners.  All American Picnic Company grilled over 500 hot dogs, Costco provided chips for all the meals, Bandwagon cranked out some amazing tunes, the Colts and Pacers had give-aways for fans, Two Men and a Truck gave away a free 8 hour move, and local vendors manned booths around the fountain.  To top it all off, the services provided by all of these people were donated to The Salvation Army.

Even more amazing than what they did is why they did it.  They did it for people like Karen and her 3 year old daughter who were homeless because they were fleeing a domestic violence situation.  Karen and her little girl came to The Salvation Army’s Women’s and Children’s shelter and found safety, and hope.

And that’s why The Salvation Army got together with these great partners to create this event.  Eat Outside the Box is a picnic to end homelessness in Indianapolis and all of the day’s proceeds went to support The Salvation Army’s homelessness initiative, Homelessness Bites.  Nearly 1,300 Indianapolis children become homeless each year.  The average age of these children in just 9 years old.  The Salvation Army is helping people like Karen everyday and that’s why there’s an Eat Outside the Box.

Didn’t make it to the picnic?  Don’t worry, we took a lot of pictures.

Do you want to support Homelessness Bites?  Do you love food? Don’t miss AppleFest on Octobeber 1, 2009.