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Recent news items about Gleaners, hunger, food security and other related issues.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
Check out unique gifts you can pick up at the Hunger Free Holiday Bazaar at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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 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.
“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.
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 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.
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' 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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
“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.”
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.
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: www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can't get a lot for $10 these days, but Gleaners' Cooking Matters team is helping feed an entire family for 10 bucks.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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. http://www.candgnews.com/news/hunger-free-summer-huge-success
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.
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. http://www.freep.com/article/20110721/NEWS06/107210485/Michigan-senior-citizens-struggling-economically-report-says?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s
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.
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.
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.
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.