Mow Down Hunger 2015

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6th Annual Mow Down Hunger Campaign

Now - October 6, 2015

Weingartz, Michigan’s locally-owned and operated provider of outdoor power equipment, has stepped forward and offered to help Gleaners provide nutritious meals to hungry children each weekend. You can help us raise one million meals for hungry kids - Weingartz will double your donation! That means every $1 you give will be worth 6 meals to Gleaners and have double the impact on childhood hunger. 

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 via credit card →

Donate over the phone by calling 855-315-FOOD (3663)

Mail a check with your donation to:

Gleaners Community Food Bank
2131 Beaufait
Detroit, MI 48207

Note: Please include Mow Down Hunger in the memo to ensure matching. 
Make check payable to: Gleaners Community Food Bank

Text "EAT" to 85944 to make a donation of $10. It will be automatically added to your phone bill.*

Drop off nonperishable food to any Weingartz location now through October 6. To view Weingartz locations and hours, click here.

Healthy Morning Snacks to Make in a Flash!

Gleaners' Cooking Matters™ Chef Jake visited with Amy Andrews of Fox 2 News last year to share several quick, delicious, and healthy recipes!

Peanut Butter and Banana PocketsPeanut Butter and Banana Pockets Yogurt ParfaitYogurt Parfait


Healthy Alternatives to Fast Food

Baked Flaked ChickenBaked Flaked Chicken Veggie WrapsVeggie Wraps

Gleaners Backpack Program

More than 300,000 children in our area rely on free or reduced-fee meals while in school. On the weekend, they often go without meals. In partnership with local schools, Gleaners distributes BackPacks filled with nutritious food each Friday to boys and girls in need. The BackPacks include fruit, vegetables, healthy protein and grains – enough food to provide six meals for hungry children over the weekend. Currently, our BackPack program serves children in 48 schools. But, 55 other schools remain on a waiting list to join.

Gleaners Mobile Pantry Program

Gleaners’ School-Based Mobile Pantry program reaches hungry children in high-need communities. Each distribution provides up to 150 households with 35-40 pounds of nutritious food, including frozen meat and fresh produce. We anticipate being able to provide 50 distributions each month, serving 7,500 families.

For more than 38 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 34 million pounds of emergency food to more than 510 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. 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.

Learn more at

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.

Learn more at


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 68 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

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of Gleaners and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help.