Know More Hunger Facts

  • In southeast Michigan, more than 670,000 people are food insecure.
  • In southeast Michigan, more than 200,000 children are food insecure. 

2014 Gleaners Highlights

  • Over 30,000,000 meals provided to 435,000 people in southeast Michigan.
  • Over 4,000,000 meals provided last summer to children who depend on school meals, but in the summer often go without.
  • 34,033,692 pounds of food distributed throughout 2014 to neighbors in need.
  • 2.8 million pounds of food collected at 2,200 community food drives.
  • 35,000 children received healthy SmartBites snacks at school and through after-school programs.
  • 48,913 volunteer shifts completed in 2014, resulting in 146,739 hours of work towards helping to feed and nourish our communities.

Children are at even higher risk of hunger.

  • At least 40 % of the people Gleaners serves are children.
  • More than 300,000 children in SE Michigan receive school meals. On the weekends, they often go without food. (kids count)
  • In Michigan, half of all children qualify for free or reduced-fee school lunch.
  • The number of Michigan children in low-income working families has risen since 2008, from 22% to 24%.
  • With one in five kids not getting enough food regularly, child hunger remains a serious problem in southeast Michigan. When children lack access to regular, nutritious meals, they don’t have what they need to reach their fullest potential.
  • Hungry kids have less of a chance at living healthy and successful lives. Studies show that hungry children do not perform as well in school and are more prone to behavioral or psychological problems.

How does Gleaners nourish hungry people? 

Gleaners is one of the oldest food banks in the country and has been serving hungry people for over 37 years (since 1977).

  • Gleaners serves 5 counties in southeast Michigan: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe.
  • Gleaners has 5 distribution centers, located in Detroit (HQ), Livingston, Warren, Taylor and Pontiac.  
  • Gleaners has over 535 partners across in southeast Michigan, including pantries, soup kitchens, schools, senior centers and shelters.
  • Gleaners gets as much donated food as possible from food manufacturers and retailers, federal programs, farms and volunteer food drives. The remainder of our food is purchased at deep discounts to meet the dietary requirements of those served.
  • In addition to providing emergency food, Gleaners also works to solve hunger by providing education (such as Cooking Matters classes) and resources (such as SNAP outreach and Fresh Food Share).

Note: All food banks require that their partners do not ask clients to pay, pray or work for food. (People are welcome to do any of these at our partners, but it is never a condition of receiving food).

How can people make a difference?


Make a donation!

  • Every dollar donated provides 3 meals
  • 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to food and food programs
  • Food donations help too! 


  • Gleaners is able to use 95 cents of every dollar donated directly on food and food programs because we keep our expenses low. Volunteers are a BIG part of that.
    Last year, over 48,000 volunteers supported our mission. 

Spread the word

Encourage people to advocate for their hungry neighbors. An easy way to stay informed and pass on news and stories is to visit and follow Gleaners Community Food Bank on Facebook and Twitter



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