In 1959, Reverend Dr. Mozel Sanders was appointed Pastor of Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Dr. Sanders diligently worked to serve the needs of his congregation as well as the surrounding community. As a result of his efforts, he received numerous awards and statewide recognition, such as a housing project and a street renamed in his honor. Dr. Sanders probably became best known for his longstanding desire to feed those in need, thus sparking the creation of the annual "Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Day Dinner." This program established his church as a beacon of hope for the urban communities of greater Indianapolis.
After Dr. Mozel Sanders' passing in 1988, his son, Reverend Roosevelt Sanders, continued his father's work by answering the call as both Pastor of Mount Vernon and as a servant of the community, which led to the formation of the Mozel Sanders Foundation (MSF). Approximately seven years ago, the Foundation began monthly distributions of approximately 30,000 pounds of groceries, personal hygiene products, and household cleaning supplies to those in need.
From its humble beginnings at Mount Vernon, over the past 10 years the Foundation has grown to include 45 satellite distribution locations consisting of churches, care facilities, and community service centers. To this day, Butler University remains the flagship for food preparation.
Despite our loss in 2010 of another great leader, the late Reverend Roosevelt Sanders, the Foundation has served more than 35,000 hot meals to needy families. Due to the tireless commitment of its CEO and chair, Stephanie Sanders; Executive Director, Bishop Richard Sanders; Directors, Roosevelt Sanders, Jr. and Stephen Sanders; in conjunction with thousands of community partners, MSF continues to preserve its family legacy and mission to feed those in need.
Dr. Sanders understood the necessity of providing for the daily practical needs of the people. One main goal is not only to feed the hungry on a monthly basis, but to expand services to those in need each and every week. Ultimately, it is the Foundation's desire to provide additional community services, including, but not limited to, scholarship programs, mentor services, and youth empowerment projects. Due to the cumulative efforts of individual volunteers and corporate sponsors in donating their time, money and talent, MSF has continued to supplement the needs of the less fortunate. In order to further this dream, we ask for your support in assisting the greater Indianapolis community. Your future compassion and kindness are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, Mozel Sanders Foundation, Inc.