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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.

Though our economy continues to rebound and we have hope for a better future for our neighbors, many families in Southeast Michigan still struggle with hunger as a result of illness, job loss, foreclosure, or wage reduction.

Food raised from the Give a Hand for the Holidays campaign will be distributed to those in need through our more than 550 partner agencies in 5 counties, including schools, shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and church based programs.

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

  • Food & Fund Drive Manual, 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, donation canisters, and “I Fed Someone Today” stickers
  • A centralized holiday “Shop with Us” virtual food drive page to make secure online donations which includes the option to select your company/team.
  • 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 Manual - Business (pdf)

2013 Participants

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

2014 Participants

This could be you! Sign up today.


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