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Give a Hand for the Holidays

Five dollars or pounds

Donate $5 or 5 lbs to help
make someone's holiday brighter!

Gleaners is reaching out to business, civic and religious organizations to “Give a Hand for the Holidays.” With your support, we provided 900,000 meals in 2013. This year our goal is to provide 1,000,000 meals for our hungry neighbors in need. By holding a food or fund drive between October 1st and December 31st and encouraging your group members to each give $5 or 5 lbs, you can help hungry families in our community have a happy and healthy holiday season.

An increasing number of Michigan families are facing hunger as a result of job loss, foreclosure, or wage reduction. 1 in 6 people in Michigan struggle with hunger and 40% of those who need assistance are children. Meals provided by “Give a Hand for the Holidays” will be distributed to hungry families through our 550 partner agencies across the five counties Gleaners serves.

Help your neighbors in need by organizing a “Give a Hand for the Holidays” drive. Food or funds – it’s your choice - both are critical to feeding those in need!

Gleaners can provide everything you need to host a successful drive:

  • Food & Fund Drive Kit, a step-by-step guide to organizing a drive
  • A food drive coordinator to answer questions and help make your drive a success
  • Food drive boxes, posters, “I Fed Someone Today” stickers and donor wall cards
  • Collection canisters for monetary donations. Every dollar you raise provides three meals because of Gleaners' close relationships with companies in the food processing industry
  • A centralized holiday “Shop with Us” virtual food drive page which includes the option to select your company/team. We will send you a weekly online donation status report on how much your group has raised
  • Gleaners can arrange a donation pick-up if your collection exceeds 250 pounds
  • Acknowledgement on the Gleaners webpage

You can make a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors. 
Register your drive now.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Melnick at or 866-GLEANER ext. 270. 

If your school is looking to get involved, click here to learn about the Hunger Heroes School Challenge.


Food Drive Kit - Business (pdf)

Give a Hand for the Holidays - Flyer (pdf) - Coming Soon!

2013 Participants

Click here for a listing of the 2013 Give a Hand for the Holidays participants.

2014 Participants

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