Mow Down Hunger

5th Annual Mow Down Hunger Campaign

September 10 - October 6, 2014

Thank you for taking the first step towards helping feed our hungry neighbors! From Wednesday, September 10 to Monday, October 6, your generous donation, along with Weingartz 100% matching donation, will help us mow down hunger in our own backyard. Last year, the Mow Down Hunger Campaign raised 1 million meals for kids in need...and we're looking to do it again in 2014!

All donations made during the Mow Down Hunger Campaign from southeast Michigan will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank, from western Michigan will benefit Feeding America West Michigan and from Washtenaw County will benefit Food Gatherers.

Ways You Can Help

Donate online, over the phone, or by mail. Come back between September 10 and October 6 for more details!  

  • All donations made between Wednesday, September 10 and Monday, October 6 will be doubled - up to one million meals!

Drop off nonperishable food to any Weingartz location between September 10 and October 6. To view Weingartz locations and hours, click here.

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Gleaners Backpack Program

More than 300,000 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 Mobile Pantry Program

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 37 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "nourishing communities by feeding hungry people.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 41 million pounds of emergency food to more than 550 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. We alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of 100,000 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 94 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.

Feeding America West Michigan

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.

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Food Gatherers

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.

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