317.636.7985 info@mozelsanders.org

Mozel Sanders Foundation, Inc.

Indianapolis IN


Mozel Sanders Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1998, that has been feeding the hungry for over 40 years. Last year, the foundation served over 40,000 hot meals on Thanksgiving Day. The Mozel Sanders Foundation gives hope to the hungry and empowers youth & adults in Central Indiana.


Our History

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 light 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 40 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 40,000 hot meals to needy families. Due to the tireless commitment of its CEO Stephen Mozel James Sanders, Executive Director and chair Stephanie Sanders, Executive Director,  Director Roosevelt Sanders, Jr. in conjunction with thousands of community partners, Mozel Sanders Foundation 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 monthly, but to expand services to those in need 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, Mozel Sanders Foundation has continued to supplement the needs of the less fortunate. 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.


Mozel Sanders Foundation Events

August 14, 2022

Annual White Party

5pm – 9pm

The Willows Event Center

6729 Westfield Drive

Call Stephanie Sanders (317-506-8224)

or Terri Cabel (317-514-1740) for tickets

August 15, 2022

MSF Taste Test

5pm – 9pm

Ft. Ben Pub

5645 N Post Road




Support The Mozel Sanders Foundation and make your tastebuds happy!

Order Mozel Sanders Foundation Smooth & Spicy Barbeque Sauce today!

100% of the proceeds will benefit the foundation.


This is a great ministry design to feed the hungry and to insure that everyone gets a meal on Thanksgiving, keep up the good fight.


The pastor and members of the New Vision  Baptist Church had the pleasure of serving the Christian Park community on Thanksgiving Day.


Thanks to all the great people who organized this. It was my wife and myself’s first time delivering.  We will definitely be back next year to do it again.  Great Job everyone.


Thank You, Volunteers!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Mozel Sanders Annual Thanksgiving Dinner “Feed The Hungry” event. This is the largest day of feeding for Indianapolis and the Mozel Sanders Foundation (MSF) couldn’t accomplish it without the help from our volunteers. This event was started from the vision of the late Dr. Mozel Sanders and was birthed into a foundation by his son the late Rev. Roosevelt James Sanders. We are blessed to continue the legacy after 40 years.​

Additional Resources For Volunteers:

If you have any other questions please email us at mozelsandersindy@gmail.com or call (317) 636-7985. 

2022 Satellite Locations

All locations will be preparing food for deliveries and may have available individual meals.  There is no guarantee of additional meals available for pick up by individuals.  

Locations will be posted closer to Thanksgiving

2022 Kitchen Locations

Thank you to the kitchens preparing the food for this year’s Thankgiving Dinner.  We would not be able to do what we do without them.  

Locations will be posted closer to Thanksgiving



Dear Educator,

In 1959, Reverend Dr. Mozel Sanders was appointed pastor of the Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Reverend Sanders worked diligently to provide for his church and local community. He received much recognition, but he is perhaps best known throughout the state of Indiana for feeding families through the annual Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
After Reverend Mozel Sanders’ passing in 1988, his son, Reverend Roosevelt Sanders, formed the Mozel Sanders Foundation (MSF) in order to continue his father’s legacy. The Reverend Roosevelt Sanders departed from this earth in the summer of 2010.
Now, 50 years after the Foundation’s inception, under the leadership of Reverend Roosevelt Sanders’ son, CEO Stephen Mozel James Sanders and wife COO Stephanie Sanders, the Mozel Sanders tradition continues to grow. Thanks to our leaders, donors, community partners and volunteers, the Thanksgiving Day Dinner event serves more than 40,000+ hot meals from 30+ satellite locations to families across Marion County in Central Indiana. The Reverend Roosevelt Sanders Educators Award is another example of the continuation of the beliefs of the late Reverend Dr. Mozel Sanders.
After a brief hiatus, this scholarship program was relaunched in 2008 with the support of the Financial Center First Credit Union. In the past, our goal has been to inspire students to unlock their potential and achieve their dreams; to empower students to believe in themselves; to succeed beyond their circumstances, and to move forward towards a responsible and prosperous future. This scholarship was created to provide needed financial assistance to local students who are desirous of pursuing a quality education. Without financial assistance, many minority and low-income students would not achieve this goal.
This year we are honoring our educators who selflessly sacrificing their lives to make sure that our children are being being taken care of, learning and thriving. 


Join Us

In our efforts to end world hunger. One step at a time.

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