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Last year, Madison Electric launched a campaign to celebrate its 100th Anniversary and to raise funds which they donated to local charities – like Gleaners Community Food Bank.
Community partners, including the Comerica Foundation, came together to provide 75,000 meals to those in need in our community. Comerica Cares provided 15,000 meals in response to this charitable effort.
As a registered dietician and health educator, Viki Shayna, PhD, had been frustrated by unsuccessful programs that aimed to improve participants' health, especially diabetes. 92% of diabetes cases are related to diet. The disease affects people worldwide, is being seen at younger and younger ages, and has a profound and progressive effect on all bodily systems including the eyes, heart, kidneys, and circulation. Too much blood sugar is a toxin.
After volunteering at a Gleaners Cooking Matters class, Viki realized this program was different. It was having an impact. Her experience led her to conduct an exploratory research project during the completion of her PhD.
An active community member with a love for healthy cooking, nutrition and fitness, Susie Fenster found herself volunteering with Wayne State University's Farmer’s Market and Cooking Matters.
“I happened on Wayne State's Farmer’s Market by chance in the summer of 2013. My daughter encouraged me to talk to the people at the working the Healthy Eats station. I put my name on the list, and soon after that I was volunteering,” shared Susie.
A family on the go, the Bairds still find time to volunteer at Gleaners. This February, during the 23rd annual Pewabic Empty Bowls event, Kelli, Michael and their daughter Avery woke up bright and early to help raise meals to feed hungry men, women and children in southeast Michigan.
“My favorite event each year is Empty Bowls. I love that all three of us are contributing. Michael is in the kitchen serving soup, and Avery and I usually work the gallery,” shared Kelli.