Funds Will Bolster Gleaners’ School Food Mobile Pantry Program
(Detroit, MI – March 30, 2018) … Gleaners Community Food Bank (Gleaners) has received a $60,000 grant from the Dresner Foundation (Dresner) allowing the organization to expand their School Food Mobile Pantry Program. Currently serving 79 schools, funds from the grant will pay for program locations at five additional schools.
Gleaners’ School Food Mobile Pantry Program brings emergency food directly to schools for distribution to low-‐income students and their families. Each monthly distribution provides 100 families with approximately 30 pounds of nutritious food including approximately 17 pounds of fresh produce and 13 pounds of other healthy pantry staples.
Nearly 300,000 southeast Michigan children receive free or reduced-‐fee meals at school.
Gleaners’ Mobile Pantry Program allows partners to target areas of need where access to healthy food is scarce. The program also delivers nutrition education in the form of cooking demonstrations and literature about healthy ways to prepare food.
The Dresner Foundation supports organizations that empower children and helps to optimize their development by providing access to programs that promote academic, artistic, personal and social enhancement opportunities. The foundation works with organizations that support youth through the provision of services that strengthen their families such as work skill development, housing, and family food assistance operations.
About the Dresner Foundation
The Dresner Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives in profoundly positive ways through grants focused on health, youth and family, and animal welfare. At the Dresner Foundation, we believe in working with organizations in our focus areas to create opportunity, have community impact and promote well-‐being. For more information, visit www.dresnerfoundation.org.
About Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 499 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. In 2017, Gleaners distributed more than 42 million pounds of food to neighbors in need! On average, Gleaners distributes the equivalent of 96,178 meals each day and provides nourishing food and nutrition education to 171,000 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 97 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. For more information, visit www.gcfb.org.