Thanks to our generous donors, we've made a big step toward mowing down hunger. With Weingartz matching every donation, more than $310,000 was raised, providing 930,216 meals for kids in need!
This was an even greater success than last year's Mow Down Hunger Campaign, which raised just over 600,000 meals.
All donations made from Southeast Michigan benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank, all donations from Western Michigan benefit Feeding America West Michigan and all donations from Washtenaw County benefit Food Gatherers.
More than 315,000 children in our area receive 2 out of 3 meals at school. On the weekend, they often go without meals. Gleaners partners with local schools to distribute backpacks filled with nutritious food for the weekend to children who rely on free and reduced fee school meals during the week. The Backpack program provides about 6 meals to hungry children on the weekends. Our goal is to increase the amount of children we can provide backpacks for through the Mow Down Hunger campaign.
Gleaners’ School-Based Mobile Pantry program reaches hungry children in high-need communities. Each distribution provides up to 200 households with 20 pounds of pantry staples and 50 pounds of produce. We anticipate being able to provide 60-65 distributions each month.
For more than 35 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "nourishing communities by feeding hungry people.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 46 million pounds of emergency food to over 550 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. We alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of more than 100,000 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 93 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor.
To learn more about Gleaners Community Food Bank, click here.
Since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan has served as West Michigan's regional nonprofit clearinghouse for saved, donated food on its way from the food industry to churches and charity agencies that assist needy people.
The food we distribute is drawn primarily from the surpluses and edible/useable errors of local and national food and grocery products companies. Through our seven warehouses, we serve 1,300+ food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, rescue missions, and other charity agencies across 40 Michigan counties (the western third of the Lower Peninsula and entire Upper Peninsula) who in turn provide that food aid to approximately 100,000 needy families of West Michigan each year. In 2009, we distributed over 24.5 million pounds of food and other goods, that's over a million pounds every 15 days.
Learn more at www.feedingamericawestmichigan.org.
Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food, coordinating with other hunger relief providers, educating the public about hunger, and developing new food resources.
Food Gatherers is not only Michigan’s first food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business, Zingerman’s Delicatessen. In 1997, Food Gatherers also assumed responsibility for the county food bank. Today, it is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors and operated by 22 staff people and more than 5,000 different dedicated volunteers. Food Gatherers is now the primary distributor of food in Washtenaw County.
Learn more at www.foodgatherers.org.
Since 1945, Weingartz, a family owned and operated business, has been the trusted North American leader in sales and service of outdoor power equipment. Our loyal customers come back to Weingartz again and again because of the outstanding knowledge, expertise and value they receive. Weingartz has long been an advocate for the commercial and the residential buyer, designing specialized, innovative service programs tailored to the needs of our valued customers.
We have been dedicated to the relationship we share with our customers and the community for over 65 years. Our impeccable record and highly respected, industry-wide reputation is something we never take for granted. We work hard every day to go above and beyond our customers’ expectations to provide a superior retail experience. Our industry-leading customer support programs are second to none.
To learn more about Weingartz, visit www.weingartz.com.
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