Over the years, Gleaners has worked hand in hand with several local, national, and statewide hunger relief organizations. Read below to learn more about these organizations that share our mission of feeding the hungry.
Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network, is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization consisting of a network of more than 200 Member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Feeding America secures and distributes nearly 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. Feeding America supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, Kids Cafes and BackPack Programs.
Last year, the Feeding America provided food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.
To learn more about Feeding America, go to www.feedingamerica.org.
The Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) is a statewide organization that gathers food and funds to help stock Michigan's food banks. FBCM helps provide food banks with millions of pounds of surplus vegetables, fruits, and other grocery items, that for one reason or another cannot be sold. A food bank provides a tax deductible, convenient and safe donation outlet for surplus items, misprints, shortfills, seasonal items, promotional items, customer refusals, overbakes and discontinued food items. This product is often diverted from disposal in landfills or as waste. Thousands of volunteers at Michigan's food banks sort, store, and deliver surplus items to local charities. The Michigan food bank network distributed 75 million pounds of emergency food and personal care items in 2005.
To learn more about the Food Bank Council of Michigan, go to www.fbcmich.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 provides enough food for more than 5,500 meals a day. Food Gatherers brings the food to more than 150 community programs serving our neighbors - mostly families and children, in need of food. The agencies receiving our food include St. Andrews Breakfast Program, Dawn Farm, Salvation Army, SOS Community Services and Hope Clinic.
To learn more about Food Gatherers, go to www.foodgatherers.org.
Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest currently rescues nearly 8 million pounds of food per year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food that would otherwise go to waste- is delivered free of charge to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. The individuals and families served are as diverse as the community's residents - young and old, from all races and faiths.
To learn more about Forgotten Harvest, go to www.forgottenharvest.org.
The mission of the Macomb Food Program is to provide food to hungry people in Macomb County. To support this mission, the role of the Macomb Food Program is to develop and supply leadership in the areas of hunger awareness, advocacy and generating financial support. The Macomb Food Program is always in need of monetary and food donations. Currently, 52 neighborhood food pantries provide emergency food service in Macomb County.
To learn more about the Macomb Food Program, go to www.macombcountymi.gov/mccsa/food.htm.