The Harold and Kay March Match

A Legacy of Solving Hunger

About Harold and Kay

Harold and Kay grew up in the Great Depression with very little. In a time of uncertainty, they watched their neighbors go hungry due to circumstances beyond their control.   

They carried those memories with them their whole lives – and through hard work and perseverance during the economic recovery, they gained the means to support a cause near and dear to their hearts: feeding their hungry neighbors. 

As residents of Southeast Michigan, Harold and Kay were inspired by the impact Gleaners made in their community. They trusted our ability to get food into the hands of those who needed it most, and wanted to help in any way they could.  

Nine years ago, they began partnering with Gleaners to support this important work – and when they passed away, their surviving family members established the Harold and Kay Matching Gift Fund to leave behind a lasting legacy. 

This is where you can help. Now through March 31, 2023, the fund is doubling all gifts to Gleaners, up to $100,000. That means every $1 you give is worth $2 – enough food for 6 meals! 

Similar to Harold and Kay’s childhood, households today are struggling to put food on the table as they grapple with the effects of inflation. Your gift comes at a time when Gleaners has experienced historic shortfalls in government-donated food, which means we have had to purchase more food than anticipated to keep up with the elevated demand in our community.  

“The cost of groceries has tripled. I’ve had to adjust my way of living,” said Theresa, a senior who visits Gleaners’ mobile food distributions to make ends meet. “I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d have to make a decision between taking medication or buying groceries. I shouldn’t have to make that choice.”  

Together, let's honor Harold and Kay by feeding hungry neighbors in our community. Please give generously today. 

Your Company/Organization Can Take Advantage of the Match! 

Uniting people around an important cause is what community is all about. Gleaners and the Harold and Kay Matching Gift Fund invite your company or group to join in on a friendly competition against other organizations to raise the most food and funds!  

To participate, all you have to do is sign up for the 2023 Spring into Action: Food Fight on our website, and a Gleaners representative will be in contact with you shortly. This fun and engaging fundraising initiative leverages our Virtual Food Drive platform, which makes it easy to collect donations online. Best of all, this Food Fight takes place March 13 – 31, 2023, so the Harold and Kay Match applies!  

We can't wait to work with you! Get started today, and we’ll create your own Virtual Food Drive link, provide eBlast templates for your group, and share pointers and tips for a successful food drive.