As our economy continues to struggle, we are seeing more people fall into poverty, which translates to more demand for emergency food. Gleaners provides a small but critical amount of the food people need. Government programs, like food stamps and the free lunch program for low-income students, provide even more relief for people who are hungry.
Therefore, in addition to our food distribution, Gleaners is working with the Department of Human Services, our partner agencies, the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and other partners to enroll southeast Michigan residents in the programs for which they qualify.
For example, we’re doing outreach to increase food stamp usage, which will feed more people and help stimulate our economy. We’re also encouraging schools to stay open during the summer so kids can participate in the summer lunch program, which is paid for by the USDA.
To learn more about government food programs, please visit the Department of Human Services Food Assistance page on the State of Michigan Web site.