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GM Validation Engineering helps feed kids over the summer.

It is amazing what can happen when a small seed is planted and then nourished by all the right factors to grow into a life giving plant – that is exactly how the GM Validation Engineering Virtual Food Drive took root and then grew into an amazing record-breaking accomplishment.

GM employee, Donna Jaczkowski has always supported Gleaners based on her family’s connection and their merit to help those in need right here in the Detroit community. Her daughter Amanda works for United Way as a Child Nutrition Navigator, and many of their programs are intertwined with Gleaners. The seat validation team voted in February to support Gleaners this summer as a group activity.

Summer is a hard time – kids are home and the need is greatest at the same time that donations tend to drop off. That is why this team targeted a summer drive. The entire validation organization jumped on board to aid in the summer food raising virtual event. A virtual food drive is an easy way for organization’s to raise funds. Donors can either shop online for food items or make a donation directly. Either way, there are no boxes of food to collect, making this a great option for organizations with multiple locations.

The virtual food drive kicked off on July 24. The following day, Donna’s daughter, Amanda, was seriously injured in an accident. The Validation Team went above and beyond to make sure they carried out Donna’s project initiation to make a difference.

In three weeks the team raised an amazing $30,462.91, the most money ever raised in a single virtual food drive. This generous gift would normally provide more than 91,000 meals to hungry neighbors in need, but when matched by generous donors of the Hunger Free Summer campaign, GM was able to provide 182,777 meals!

Thanks to everyone at GM Validation Engineering for helping to feed hungry children this summer.

Children's Hospital Cereal Drive collects record breaking 1.4 million servings of cereal

JayCerealDrive.jpgThe Children’s Hospital of Michigan Professional Nurse Council at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) led a community effort to provide area children with a consistent daily meal over summer recess.  The 8th Annual Cereal Drive kicked off on Friday, June 2, and ran through June 9, 2017.

More than 1.4 (1,424,839) million servings of cereal were collected and distributed to over 500 food pantries throughout Southeastern Michigan. In addition, to the cereal more than $33,000 was collected for Gleaners to purchase cereal and milk. 

This year the president of Kellogg North America came to Detroit to pledge a full truck of cereal to help feed kids throughout the summer.

Kroger and Michigan Dairy donated a truckload of milk to go with the cereal!

In addition United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) collected donations to provide milk to go with the cereal. UDIM matched all milk donations providing 12 gallons of milk for each $10 donation.

"Breakfast is such an important meal for growing children," said Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners. "Yet, it's often skipped by families who struggle to make ends meet. The cereal provided through this remarkable drive will help thousands of kids start their days with the nourishment they need to be happy, not hungry, this summer."

Protein up Detroit hosted by Henry Ford Hospital Nursing Department


HFHS Protein DriveDid you know that protein items are some of the most requested and least donated items from/to Gleaners?

The nurses at Henry Ford Hospital got creative and, in an effort to improve health outcomes to food insecure individuals, hosted an annual “Protein Drive.”

Started in 2015, the drive is doing its part to stock Gleaner’s shelves with peanut butter, tuna, protein drinks and other protein-related items. Being innovative and strategic about your food drive makes it a fun and exciting way for your organization or business to fight hunger in your local community!

Food Drive Highlights:

  • In 2016, they raised more than 2,500 pounds of food and more than $1,300! That means they provided a record for the campaign of 10,377 meals to Gleaners Community Food Bank. The nurses of Henry Ford like to keep things competitive, each donation counted towards points in a competition between departments. Competition gives your staff a great incentive for giving back. Think of ways that you can keep the competitive spirit alive when planning your food drives.

  • Staff members competed in a “Peanut butter Sandwich Showdown.” Amateur chefs on staff created their most creative and delicious peanut butter concoction in an Iron Chef-style competition. Look for an event to bring awareness to your food drive and provide information about the logistics of contributing to the drive! 

  • We made it super easy to participate in the campaign by hosting a Virtual Food Drive. A Virtual Food Drive makes it easy for your businesses/organizations to donate to your campaign online. Your dollar goes further when you make a donation to Gleaners; our buying power helps us feed more families. 
  • Henry Ford staff hosted another kickoff event for their drive titled, “Putting for Peanut Butter.” With a donation of peanut butter, staff got to start off their day with a little putt putt. This event, held at the main entrance helped remind everyone about the food drive during the week of the campaign! Keeping your events fun and focused ensures that everyone gets the reminders they need to participate. 



Have a creative idea for a food drive event or campaign?

We want to hear about it! Get in contact with the Food Drive Team today by sending Bridget Brown an email at bbrown@gcfb.org.