A Community Effort to End Hunger

Gleaners Community Food Bank works tirelessly with local organizations to help southeast Michigan residents who are affected by hunger.

Your daughter’s classmate. Your son’s soccer teammate. Your neighbor. It doesn’t matter where you live or where your children attend school, hunger and food insecurity could be impacting someone in your social network.

“Hunger doesn’t discriminate,” says Stacy Averill, the senior director of marketing at Gleaners Community Food Bank, which provides food services to people living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe and Livingston counties. “It’s a silent issue. There are food-insecure people living in every single county in southeast Michigan.”

From senior citizens living on fixed incomes and employed parents whose wages don’t cover all of life’s necessities to a family who has fallen on hard times due to illness – support is needed right in your backyard.

“Most people don’t want to talk about the fact that they need this kind of support, that they are in a situation where they can’t provide for their families and they can’t put food on the table,” she says.

But many families are food insecure, and that’s why Gleaners works tirelessly to chip away at hunger in the community by partnering with hundreds of organizations, including Milk Means More, which represents Michigan dairy farmers. It has been a perfect match for these two organizations.