More than 1 million Michigan residents have very low food security, meaning family members must cut back or skip meals and go hungry frequently. Gleaners provide 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. However, we estimate that people in poverty are still missing about 230 million meals a year. Even a family on food stamps typically needs 80 pounds of emergency food because food stamps don’t meet all their nutritional needs for the month.
THAT’S WHY WE NEED YOU TO BE A HUNGER HERO!
With school starting, kids need proper nutrition to be able to concentrate and learn. Over the summer, Gleaners has been asking residents in specific communities to place a bag of food on their porch to help their hungry neighbors. Volunteers will collect the food and bring it back to a central site where a Gleaners truck will be loaded to take the food back to our warehouse for sorting and distribution to our partner soup kitchens, food pantries and other agencies.
Food is Great, but Dollars are Better
Gleaners can leverage cash donations to obtain more food at wholesale than can possibly be donated and collected. A $1 donation provides 3 meals to feed a hungry neighbor -you can make a difference!
Are you planning an event to help in the fight against hunger? Tell us about it and we will post it on our website!
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