Hunger Stories

  • Winter/Spring Harvest 2014

    Eating Better for Less

    When Lorae Garland signed up for a Gleaners Cooking Matters course, she didn't expect it to have a lasting effect.

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  • Fall Harvest 2013

    Food Moves People From Crisis To Stability

    Amira Ghaly's friend was in a bad place. Recently laid off, the single mom's world revolved around trying to get food on the table, placing her in a cycle of worry where finding her children's next meal was all she could think about.

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  • Summer Harvest 2013

    Serving Our Most Vulnerable

    While the economy shows signs of improvement, many of our most vulnerable still need help with the basics. Health care, loss or lack of a partner and unemployment are the top three reasons for hunger, making certain populations, namely seniors and children, particularly vulnerable.

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  • Winter/Spring Harvest 2013

    Fresh Food Share Delivers Health and Hope

    Pat Taylor Braxton discovered Fresh Food Share while bringing her 85-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s, to Hannan House in Detroit for social activities.

    “The program has benefitted me tremendously, and because I’m a caregiver – I cook for my mom and have to guarantee she gets five to nine fresh fruits and vegetables a day,” she says.

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  • Summer Harvest 2012

    Small Favors, A Big Assurance

    Like many families, Roseville residents Nicole and David Jenkins have been struggling through the economic downturn. Nicole is a stay-at-home mom of two sons, while David works in shipping and receiving at a steel manufacturing company.

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  • Summer Harvest 2012

    Paying It Forward

    In 2009, Yvonne Cavalli went from being employed as an Arby’s Restaurant manager to using a wheelchair and oxygen mask as a result of a stroke.

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  • Summer Harvest 2012

    Mapping the "Meal Gap"

    More than 770,000 people face hunger in our region. That’s enough people to fill Comerica Park nearly 19 times. 

    Here are some of your neighbors that Gleaners is helping:

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  • Winter Harvest 2012

    Living on the Edge

    Here in southeast Michigan, and across the country, a growing group of people comprise the “near poor” those people living on the edge of poverty and financial despair, who are one car repair, one furnace replacement, one medical emergency away from disaster.

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  • Winter Harvest 2011

    Laura and Mitch's Story

    “Mitch” works two jobs to support the family: at a department store during the day and cleaning banks at night. He and his wife “Laura” live in Howell, and she came to the Shared Harvest Pantry run by Gleaners for the first time last spring. She ended up at the pantry because the family’s monthly budget could not stretch 
to cover basic expenses.

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  • Late Fall Harvest 2011

    Lessons in Food Budgeting Help Family of Five

    A wife and mother of three children, Candice Rich was certain no one could tell her anything new about cooking and shopping. But a Cooking Matters™ class offered through her daughter’s Head Start program showed her new techniques for stretching her food dollars that made it more economical to feed her family.

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  • Late Fall Harvest 2011

    Food Aid Helps Family Survive Rough Time

    Late last spring, two hard-working parents, Charlene and Mike, experienced a crisis they never envisioned for themselves and their two boys, ages 10 and 16. They were faced with the possibility of a foreclosed home, utility shut-offs, and hunger.

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