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Recent news items about Gleaners, hunger, food security and other related issues.

  • Stepped-up efforts help feed needy kids over summer

    July 24, 2015

    The day camp Lumona Johnson's grandchildren attend in Eastpointe doesn't just give them a safe, fun place to pass the summer days. It also provides them breakfast and lunch, something the retiree on a fixed income not only appreciates, but needs.

    "It cuts my food bill in half for the summer," said Johnson of Warren, the guardian for the children, ages 8 to 15. "It's harder to feed kids during the summer than it is during the winter."

  • Congress can jump-start fight against child hunger

    July 24, 2015

    Hunger is solvable, if we all work together.

    That's been a priority for Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest, and now we need to make sure Congress does its part to help us reach more people. Congress has the opportunity to give communities more options to feed hungry children across the country as it rewrites child nutrition programs this year.

  • Moving for Hunger: How Local Food Banks are Making a Difference

    April 27, 2015

    So what exactly do you do with your unwanted foods, unneeded extras, or goods that you just plain will never have use for? Why, donate of course! Donating these foods would be an absolute no brainer, especially for those who are about to move out and leave a great deal of non-transferable and perishable foods behind. However, have you ever wondered what happens with your donation, such as how it was used or how it ultimately gives back to the community?

  • Women's Power Happy Hour to benefit Gleaners

    March 26, 2015

    Dawn Rassel of Bloomfield Hills and Beth Gotthelf of Birmingham are spearheading a pair of events aimed at women and designed to help feed the hungry. More than 200 female community leaders will celebrate Tuesday, March 31, the second annual Women's Power Happy Hour – the launch of Gleaners Community Food Bank's Million Meal Match Month.

  • Ford Motor Co. Fund donating $100,000 in infant formula to Detroit-area food banks, pantries

    March 10, 2015

    The Ford Motor Co. Fund is making a $100,000 donation to Detroit-area food pantries that will feed more than 7,000 babies for two weeks. The foundation of the Dearborn-based automaker on Tuesday provided several pallets of infant formula.

  • Food banks, agencies in metro Detroit in need of food donations

    February 20, 2015

    The recent bitter cold blast could be putting a strain on the giving spirit as food banks and shelters try to keep up with an increased demand for their services. Officials at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan said they were short about one million pounds of food at the end of last quarter.

  • Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America

    February 16, 2015

    Assistance to needy Americans has grown at a gallop since the mid-1980s, giving a hand up to the disabled, the working poor and married couples with children. At the same time, though, government aid directed at the nation’s poorest individuals has shrunk.

  • Bringing hope to the dinner table

    January 28, 2015

    "The stats are scary," said W.O.M.C morning show host Bobby Mitchell. "One in four kids is hungry, so the Hunger Heroes are those who are making a difference so that kid gets a meal." All year long Gleaners Food Bank is dedicated to helping families fight hunger, but now they need Hunger Heroes.

  • Gleaners, Kroger teaming up to battle hunger

    January 9, 2015

    Gleaners and Kroger are starting a month-long food drive this weekend at Michigan Kroger stores in Wayne, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Livingston counties. Kroger shoppers can help the Gleaners community Food Bank feed hungry people and families by donating non-perishable food items at 91 Kroger stores in southeast Michigan on Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1.

  • Rutgers football team volunteers at Detroit food bank on Christmas Eve

    December 24, 2014

    After a Wednesday morning practice at Ford Field, Rutgers players and coaches went to the Gleaners Community Food Bank Distribution Center to sort and package food for local families. Gleaners provides meals for more than 300,000 children in southeast Michigan who rely on free or reduced meals in school. UNC players volunteered at Gleaners earlier in the day.

  • Winona Bynum, Manager of Youth and Nutrition Programs at Gleaners Community Food Bank

    December 2, 2014

    Gleaners Manager of Youth & Nutrition Programs, Winona Bynum shared with BLAC Detroit Magazine the importance of focusing on southeast Michigan's hungry youth. She shared how Gleaners School-Based Mobile Pantry, BackPack, Smart Bites, and Kids Helping Kids programs are providing a need and helping the community become more aware of issues of food insecurity.

  • Gleaners Hunger Free Holidays Bazaar

    November 19, 2014

    Check out unique gifts you can pick up at the Hunger Free Holiday Bazaar at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on Thursday.

  • Lingenfelter raises over $6,000 and 18,000 meals for Gleaners Food Bank

    October 14, 2014

    Renowned Michigan car collector Ken Lingenfelter and his tuning company Lingenfelter Performance Engineering hosted various Cars & Coffee events at their North Engine Build Facility in Wixom, Michigan this year. Over $6,000 and 612 pounds of food was donated during the weekly events, which is now being donated to volunteer food bank Gleaners.

  • Company working to Mow Down Hunger in Detroit area

    September 26, 2014

    Weingartz is working with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan on the fifth annual campaign to feed hungry children. They want to raise 1 million meals between this week and Oct. 6. Weingartz will match all donations to reach the goal.

  • Older Detroiters get together, eat healthy thanks to Senior Market Days

    August 26, 2014

    Senior Market Days is a new program that strives to encourage healthy diet change among Detroit seniors who are at risk of chronic illnesses. It addresses both the poor health conditions of Detroit seniors and their lack of transportation by busing them weekly from 10 different senior sites to local farmers' markets, including Eastern Market, Northwest Detroit Farmers' Market, and Wayne State University's Wednesday Farmers Market.

  • There's still time to fight hunger in metro Detroit this summer

    August 21, 2014

    As we announced earlier this summer in our Side Dish column, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan teamed up with the Charter One Foundation for this year’s annual Hunger-Free Summer campaign. The goal? To provide 2 million meals to needy children in southeastern Michigan.

  • Gleaners Community Food Bank Partners
    with NuVal

    August 14, 2014

    Gleaners is now partnering with NuVal, LLC to help recipients of Gleaners’ food to better evaluate the nutritional content of food available to them.

    "With NuVal’s partnership support, we have another important tool that clients can use to make more informed food decisions." — Gerry Brisson, President of Gleaners Community Food Bank

  • Hunger Free Summer 2014 - WDIV

    June 12, 2014

    Help Gleaners provide 2 million more meals to hungry kids this summer! The Charter One Foundation and other generous partners are matching all gifts, June 12 - Sept 1, 2014 to make this a Hunger Free Summer!

  • Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive reminds us that many still go hungry

    May 8, 2014

    The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive arrives Saturday morning at a location very near you: your mailbox.

    It ends hours later when volunteer Teamsters ease a parade of big rigs into the loading docks at places like the Macomb Food Program and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

    If this year is like 2013, they’ll deliver more than 1.2 million pounds of nonperishable donations that will help feed hungry people throughout southeast Michigan.

  • Despite a recovering economy, many in Michigan remain hungry

    April 17, 2014

    What you’ll find in a common jar of peanut butter depends on the circumstances when you reach for it.

    Sitting in a pantry among cereal and pasta and canned goods, it’s an unremarkable convenience — an after-school sandwich spread. For countless thousands of metro Detroiters who are routinely hungry even as national headlines proclaim an economic rebound, it’s a staple packed with protein and calories — a main course.

  • Double Your Donation to Gleaners Food Bank
    on April 1

    April 1, 2014

    One in four children in our community struggles with hunger.  That's why FOX 2 has made a year-long commitment to fighting hunger in our region and we're teaming up with Gleaners to do it!  Gleaners is working to end hunger, but they can't do it without your help!

  • Women's breakfast event aids Gleaners
    Food Bank

    March 21, 2014

    The 21st annual Women’s Power Breakfast, which raises funds for Gleaners Community Food Bank, is set for 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Gleaners’ Detroit Distribution Center, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit.

    Guest speaker is Maggie Steber, a National Geographic photographer who is one of 11 prominent female photojournalists with work featured in Women of Vision, a multi-media exhibit presented nationally by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

  • TCF Bank to pick up Detroiters’ tabs in pay-it-forward promotion for Gleaners Food Bank

    March 1, 2014

    TCF Bank says it’s sending “ambassadors” out onto the streets of Detroit in the next few weeks to pick up strangers’ tabs at coffee shops, restaurants, theatres, museums and other places.

    When the bank’s ambassadors pay people’s tabs, the bank is asking recipients to “pay it forward” by donating a non-perishable food item at one of the bank’s branches or by simply tweeting “#SurprisinglyTCF”. The bank will in turn donate $1 to local food banks.

  • Pewabic Pottery to host Empty Bowls fund-raiser on Saturday

    February 18, 2014

    Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery will host its 22nd annual Empty Bowls fund-raiser for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the pottery’s studio at 10125 E. Jefferson.

    Last year’s event raised more than $10,000, which funded 30,000 meals for people needing food assistance.

  • Kroger and Gleaners “Bring Hope to the Table”

    January 24, 2014

    Kroger and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) are partnering to “Bring Hope to the Table,” a major food drive and campaign to ease hunger in southeastern Michigan.

    Customers are encouraged to or purchase special donation scan cards – offered in $2 and $5 increments – at all Kroger registers throughout the month of January.

  • Hunger spreading in Detroit suburbs

    December 16, 2013

    “There’s been more demand (for food) overall, but it has also increased in suburban areas where you might not traditionally think you’d have an issue with poverty,” said Anne Schenk, vice president of marketing and communications for Gleaners Community Food Bank.

  • Families in need find empty shelves at area food pantries

    November 21, 2013

    A flood of funding cuts — including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — more people in need, rises in food prices and other expenses have pantries in Michigan and across the country bracing for tough times.

  • Gleaners Food Bank Feeling Effects of Govt. Shutdown

    October 3, 2013

    Gleaners Community Food Bank provides more than one-hundred thousand meals a day by distributing food to more than 500 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries. But now, during the government shutdown, the non-profit is bracing itself for possibly even more residents who may be needing help.

  • The heat is on - Gleaners raises more than $100,000 at Iron Chef

    September 7, 2013

    Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan raised the heat and more than $100,000 at its ninth annual Iron Chef Competition held Aug. 8. Proceeds supported Gleaners’ 2,000-square-foot Shared Harvest Pantry and will supply more than 300,000 meals to hungry people in Livingston County.

  • The Detroit Lions' Roary is Scheduled to Visit 13 Hunger Free Summer Lunch Sites This Month

    August 7, 2013

    The Detroit Lions' mascot, Roary, will strongly encourage Detroit’s children to “Meet Up & Eat Up!” at two summer lunch sites each week in August. Click here to see which site he will visit next:

  • Video: Join FOX2 & Gleaners to make this a Hunger Free Summer

    July 26, 2013

    FOX 2 is partnering with Gleaners Community Food Bank to ensure that no child goes hungry with our Hunger Free Summer campaign. View the exclusive extended PSA video footage of Lee Thomas' visit with kids from Parkview Elementary in Novi here:

  • Video: Mojo In the Morning at Clear Channel Event for Hunger Free Summer

    July 21, 2013

    Clear Channel Radio Detroit spends the day volunteering and collecting donations at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Warren to help give local kids a Hunger Free Summer.

  • Third Annual Hunger Free Summer Campaign Approaches Halfway Point

    July 12, 2013

    Nearly one month into their Hunger Free Summer campaign, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) and the Charter One Foundation have raised $427,000. With the help of generous match sponsors and community donors, Gleaners is already more than halfway to reaching its goal to provide 2 million meals to children in southeast Michigan during the summer months.

  • Hunger Free Summer, Fox2 Detroit

    July 2, 2013

    Ken Marblestone, President of RBS Citizens and Charter One, and DeWayne Wells, President of Gleaners Community Food Bank ask community members to help give kids a Hunger Free Summer!

  • Disconnect from devices, connect with people at Social Media Day

    June 26, 2013

    “For me, the ability to share thoughts, shine a spotlight on a great charity, like we’re doing with Gleaners Community Food Bank at Social Media Day Detroit, is powerful and addicting,” says Nicole Yelland, director of marketing and communications for Livio, a sponsor of the event. “Whether you want to donate money or upload a picture, social media has made it incredibly simple and addicting. It’s not going anywhere and is only going to get better from here.”

  • Disney TV star to serve lunch to kids in Detroit

    June 24, 2013

    An actress who stars in a Disney Channel show is coming to Detroit to serve lunch to a group of children. Alexandria “Allie” DeBerry from “A.N.T. Farm” is to visit the Diehl Boys & Girls Club on Monday. She’s appearing in support of Gleaners’ Hunger Free Summer campaign, which provides food to hungry children during the summer months.

  • Find A Free Summer Meals Site Near You

    June 13, 2013

    Many families have a hard time making ends meet during summertime because when school lets out kids lose access to healthy school meals. Federal summer meals programs provide a solution. Free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens age 18 and under at thousands of summer meals sites across the country.

    Click here to find a free summer meals site near you:

  • Ford breathes life into dormant Mexicantown center

    June 6, 2013

    More than five years after construction of the Mexicantown Mercado in southwest Detroit, the building at 2826 Bagley is finally springing back to life as the Ford Resource and Engagement Center.

    Thanks to a $10-million commitment by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the center will provide an array of programs and services ranging from job training and language classes to dance lessons and a Gleaners food bank hub. Mayor Dave Bing, Ford Fund President Jim Vella and partners from nonprofit agencies will be on hand for a 4 p.m. event to mark the opening today.

  • DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan to Reduce Hunger Gap Affecting Detroit Area Kids

    May 14, 2013

    In Southeast Michigan, more than 300,000 free or reduced fee, breakfasts and lunches are served daily during the school year. The DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Professional Nurse Council is leading a community effort to provide area children with a consistent daily meal over summer recess. Their Fourth Annual Cereal Drive kicks off on May 31 – June 7, 2013.

  • Gleaners' Women's Power Breakfast a tribute to one woman's spirit

    April 2, 2013

    Let's be clear here: The success of the Gleaners Women's Power Breakfast has never been about the food. That first breakfast 20 years ago was deliberately humble: a bowl of oatmeal, a glass of juice, coffee. Out of nowhere, though, the event had instant buzz and attendance. Over two decades, it's raised $2 million for the organization, raising Gleaners' profile along with cash.

  • Northville Public Schools - Kids Against Hunger Michigan Coalition

    February 20, 2013

    School children from suburban Northville and inner-city Detroit are joining forces to learn more about world hunger and, most importantly, do something about it through the Kids Against Hunger Michigan Coalition “Michigan Project” and the Gleaners Community Food Bank Kids Helping Kids initiative.

  • Radio station WOMC hosts radiothon to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank

    February 11, 2013

    On Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Detroit’s Greatest Hits radio station 104.3 WOMC, will broadcast live from Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit for the second annual radiothon to benefit Gleaners. The community is encouraged to tune in and make a pledge in support of Gleaners’ work of feeding children in need across southeast Michigan.

  • Gallery: A tour of Gleaners Food Bank on Detroit's east side

    January 21, 2013

    MLive's Eric Lacy showcases Gleaners Community Food Bank's Detroit distribution center with more than 45 photos: A tour of Gleaners Food Bank on Detroit's east side - the largest food bank in Michigan (90,000 square feet).

  • Gleaners Teams Up with Kroger to Raise Funds, Collect Donations

    January 9, 2013

    Gleaners Community Food Bank and Kroger are working together to bring hope to the tables of hungry southeast Michiganders. Each Saturday in January, volunteers will spend their day at local Kroger grocery stores across southeast Michigan, handing out information about the Bringing Hope to the Table initiative, as well as accepting donations of nonperishable food and money from shoppers.

  • Ford announces $10-million community center in Mexicantown

    December 18, 2012

    Ford announced today that its community service arm will fund a new effort to strengthen Detroit’s neighborhoods through a community center in Mexicantown that will offer education, cultural events, job training and summer jobs for youth. Mark Fields, Ford’s chief operating officer, said the programs will include arts and cultural programs and vital services such as food for people in need through Gleaners Community Food Bank.

  • Musicians with Detroit ties team up to benefit Gleaners

    December 13, 2012

    This Sunday's Christmas Jubilee at Masonic Temple's Scottish Rite Theatre brings together a diverse group of musicians for a good cause, with a portion of the concert's proceeds to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. All of the artists at the Jubilee have significant ties to Detroit, including punk-poet Patti Smith, Vin Dombrowski of Sponge fame and country-rocker Ty Stone.

  • Whalers Take a Shift at Gleaners to Help the Hungry

    December 5, 2012

    The Whalers put in a little sweat equity away from the rink to help the hungry. Whalers Colin MacDonald, Nick Malysa, Curtis Crombeen, Austin Levi, Rickard Rakell, Simon Karlsson and Alex Aleardi – along with Plymouth staff members Denise Ronayne, John Karasinski and Pete Krupsky – packed boxes with canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan at their Livingston Distribution Center, located in Howell.

  • Patch Readers Raise $5,512 to Fight Hunger in Metro Detroit

    November 28, 2012

    More than 16,500 men, women and children in Metro Detroit will have a warm, healthy meal provided by Gleaners Community Food Bank this holiday season—and it's all thanks to Patch readers. Throughout the month of November, 30 Michigan Patch communities took part in the Patch Fights Hunger virtual food drive, raising funds for Gleaners.

  • Do Good Detroit: 8th Annual Bernie Smilovitz Harvest Classic

    September 7, 2012

    On Monday, September 10, 2012, celebrities from the world of news, politics and sports will join Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) supporters and WDIV's Sports Anchor Bernie Smilovitz at Tam O'Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield for the 2012 Bernie Smilovitz Harvest Classic. This year's outing will serve as a capstone to Gleaners' Hunger Free Summer campaign - an initiative to reach hungry children in southeast Michigan.

  • 9th Annual Vine & Dine to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank (Cooking demonstration video with Zazio's in Birmingham)

    August 24, 2012

    The 9th annual Vine & Dine benefits Gleaners Community Food Bank and Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. It's from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday, August 25th at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Tickets are $65.

  • Plymouth Whalers Alumni tee it up before hitting the ice for Gleaners

    August 3, 2012

    In general, hockey players are cheerfully helpful.That was the tone Friday as 11 Plymouth Whalers alumni played a round of golf at Brae Burn Golf Club in Plymouth before hitting the ice Saturday in the Third Whalers Alumni Game at Compuware Arena. The Alumni Game is being billed as "Champions for a Hunger Free Summer", with donations going to feed the hungry in association with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

  • Summer hunger fight

    July 25, 2012

    Dozens of volunteers gathered Tuesday at the Crowell Recreational Center in Detroit to pack 500 boxes with food
    for distribution through Gleaners' Hunger Free Summer Campaign. The program is to provide 2 million meals for children who rely on free or reduced-price lunch at school, making sure they have food during the summer.

  • Shop and awe: Classes turn local families into grocery aisle experts

    July 24, 2012

    In the Wal-Mart dairy aisle, chef Jake Williams was explaining to students why butter trumps margarine when an eavesdropping shopper replaced the margarine she was holding and reached for the real stuff instead.

  • Gleaners Hunger Free Summer Campaign needs your help

    July 24, 2012

    Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit says it has just gone past the half way mark on its effort to provide 2 million meals this summer. Their campaign is called "Gleaners Hunger Free Summer" and is focused on children. So far enough money has been raised to provide 1.3 million meals. That's 700,000 meals shy of the goal.

  • Penske Automotive teams up with Hunger Free Summer

    July 23, 2012

    Penske Automotive and Penske Corporation are teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to collect food and monetary contributions to help feed the hungry children of Southeastern Michigan.

  • Panera helping Gleaners feed local kids in need

    July 21, 2012

    Rochester Hills, Mich. (WXYZ) - With school's out for summer, more than 315,000 children who normally eat meals in school are home and hungry. To help, three Panera Bread stores in Rochester Hills will sell lemonade today, July 21, for just $1 all day to help combat childhood hunger across the Metro Detroit area.

  • Scene In Detroit: Cooking Really Does Matter

    July 18, 2012

    Eating healthy, clean and whole has become quite a fad across the U.S., especially with the urbanites. However, unlike skinny jeans and "Fifty Shades of Grey," this trend has become quite instrumental in the fight for wellness and health, especially in Detroit.

  • Panera to sell $1 lemonade to benefit Gleaners Food Bank

    July 17, 2012

    School's out for summer, and more than 315,000 kids who usually get meals in school are home — and hungry.To help, metro Detroiters can "cool off with Panera" lemonade for $1 on July 21 to help combat childhood hunger in our community. Panera Bread is donating 100 percent of lemonade proceeds to Gleaners Community Food Bank's Hunger Free Summer effort.

  • Whalers Alumni Skate for Hunger Free Summer

    July 17, 2012

    The boys are coming back to Plymouth on August 4. The Ontario Hockey League's  Plymouth Whalers have announced the team's third annual Alumni Game, known as the "Champions for a Hunger Free Summer", will be played on Saturday, August 4 at  Compuware Arena at 4 pm.

  • Feed Your Family for $10

    July 10, 2012

    You can't get a lot for $10 these days, but Gleaners' Cooking Matters team is helping feed an entire family for 10 bucks.

  • Michigan's Americorps: Be The Change! - Cooking Matters in Michigan

    July 3, 2012

    Hello readers, my name is James Hartrick and I am a second year AmeriCorps member serving with Cooking Matters through Gleaners Community
    Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. I am an AmeriCorps* National Direct member and the only individual serving through Cooking Matters in the state of Michigan.

  • WDIV Hunger Free Summer Kick-off at Gleaners

    June 14, 2012

    Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) is partnering with Charter One Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Joshua (Jim) and Eunice Stone Foundation and Epoch Restaurant Group to provide 2 million meals to hungry southeast Michigan children this summer.

  • Gleaners launches $13 million campaign

    May 27, 2012

    Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan has launched a campaign to raise $13 million -- within a year-- to fund capital projects at its Detroit, Southfield and Pontiac distribution sites, aimed at ramping up the amount of food it can distribute.

  • Local Wells Fargo Office Sponsors Memorial Garden Honoring 9-year-old Cancer Victim

    May 22, 2012

    Wells Fargo employees, including employees from the Troy office, donated money and labor last Thursday to build a new memorial garden on
    the campus of the Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac (ATAP) charter school.

  • Women's Power Breakfast Raises Funds for Gleaners

    April 18, 2012

    I just stopped at Hollywood Market in Troy to pick up some chicken, cilantro, rice, limes, tortillas, tomatoes and more. Tonight, we are having tacos. While perusing the chicken prices, I thought about what I had heard earlier Tuesday at the Women's Power Breakfast, a fund-raiser for Gleaners: "314,000 kids in Southeast Michigan participate in special, school-meal programs because their families can't afford to feed them properly."

  • Hungry quietly try to get by with less

    April 17, 2012

    Hungry people generally don't announce themselves.They form silent lines at food pantries. They pay quietly with Bridge cards. They do not like to tell their stories in public, which is why you have read so few of them.

  • 'Coney Detroit' Tells History of Detroit's Coney Island Hot Dog (PHOTOS)

    April 2, 2012

    A Michigan food tradition finally gets the memorial it deserves with this week's official release of "Coney Detroit," a mouth-watering coffee table book by authors Katherine Yung and Joe Grimm. Yung, Grim and the photographers are donating royalties from the book to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

  • Dedicated Gleaners employee shares tips for becoming key asset in any organization

    March 26, 2012

    When an organization's mission is distributing emergency food and a prolonged economic downturn hits, it needs workers that are ready to do all it takes to meet the challenges. And at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, which collects 40 annually for residents of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Monroe counties, backup receiving manager Reinaldo "Chino" Rodriguez has earned a place as a "true superstar," according to President W. DeWayne Wells. 
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  • Meijer says fighting hunger is a new priority for the retailer

    March 14, 2012

    Midwest grocer Meijer says it will do even more to help those who struggle to buy their own food. The Walker-based retailer made fighting hunger a priority in 2011 and will continue these efforts this year.

  • More than half of Detroit's children live in poverty, report says...

    October 31, 2011

    A new study by the National Center for Children in Poverty says 53.6 of Detroit's children live in homes where the household income is below the federal poverty line. That is the highest percentage in the country. Cleveland follows at 52.6 percent.

  • Hunger Free Summer a huge success: Campaign provided two million meals for hungry kids in the tri-county area

    October 21, 2011

    The results are in for the 10-week Hunger Free Summer campaign: More than two million meals were delivered to children in Southeast Michigan, helping to fight off the silent menace of hunger in a country where no one should go unfed, but people too often do.

  • Nonprofits, businesses join forces to fight hunger

    August 3, 2011

    In the land of plenty, plenty are left unfed. One in five children in Michigan live in poverty, according to Kids Count in Michigan 2010. And in Southeast Michigan, more than 300,000 children receive free or reduced-price meals in school. This means that when school is out for summer, many kids are at risk of missing meals, depriving them of the nutrition needed to grow up healthy and strong.

  • Michigan senior citizens struggling economically, report says

    July 21, 2011

    Groceries, health care, the cost of utilities and gas for the car -- perhaps no one is more vulnerable to the rising costs of living than Michigan's senior citizens. A new study concludes that one-third of Michigan's senior citizens are considered "economically insecure," far more than suggested by the federal poverty line.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s 

  • 'Hunger Free Summer' Campaign Begins in Metro Detroit

    June 26, 2011

    Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) are partnering with Charter One Foundation and other corporate and community donors to provide two million meals to hungry southeast Michigan children this summer through their Hunger Free Summer campaign. More than 300,000 children in southeast Michigan receive free or reduced-fee meals during the school year. In the summer months, they often go without.

  • Surprise corporate offer sparks additional gifts at Gleaner's Women Power Breakfast

    April 13, 2011

    A surprise offer from the PNC Foundation had brought in just under $35,000 in new donations from attendees of the Gleaners' Women's Power Breakfast at the Somerset Collection in Troy this morning- and an equal amount from PNC. The event drew a record 452 people and included a keynote address from Erin Cummings, who plays Dr. Abby Ward on Detroit 1-8-7, and who founded Mittens for Detroit.

  • Community-focused groups 4th largest employer

    March 20, 2011

    After being unemployed and working at a golf retailer, Cara Rayner, 35, said she was ready for a career switch toward a new and more challenging occupation. Which is why the Davisburg resident jumped at the prospect of a job offer last November in the nonprofit sector with a local food bank. "Knowing that I was going to be a part of a team to help eliminate hunger in the community was an opportunity too good to pass up," she explained.

  • Hard times generation: homeless kids

    March 6, 2011

    Video from CBS News Online on YouTube.

    For some children, socializing and learning are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at motels for children who've lost their homes.