After battling cancer, 7-year-old gives back by holding food drive Before March 7, 2018, Brock Meader of Livingston County was your typical 6-year-old. He loves cartoons, especially old-school ones like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” his dog, and being outdoors – last Christmas his parents got him a four-wheeler. His mom, Christa, says he’s outgoing and…

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Dole Packaged Foods is brightening up the lives of families in Gleaners Community Food Bank’s service area of Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties with “cans of sunshine.” It all began in February when Gleaners accepted 25,000 pounds of canned sliced, chunks, tidbits, and crushed pineapple from Dole Packaged Foods at its main warehouse,…

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How Volunteering as a Youth Inspired College Student to Fight Food Insecurity with Blessing Box Detroit As a fifth-grader, Obaidah Bitar had no clue what food insecurity really looked like until he went with his classmates to volunteer through Kids Helping Kids at Gleaners. I didn’t know the extent of who was hungry, and the…

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Gleaners Community Food Bank reports a 15 percent drop in the number of volunteers since Christmas, while Catholic organizations such as All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Services Center in Detroit are also urging more people to consider volunteering, especially during weekdays. Denise Leduc, director of community engagement…

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Several Gleaners team members got their start in nonprofit work and serving the community by joining AmeriCorps, a national program that engages volunteers in years of service. In honor of AmeriCorps Week, they shared their #MadeInAmeriCorps stories. HEIDI’S STORY I served from 2011-13. For my first year of service, I worked with City Year Detroit as…

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Here’s how you can help feed some of Michigan’s hungry families this season. MICHIGAN — Over 650,000 men, women and children will face hunger this year in southeast Michigan and that’s the driving force behind the food drive happening this month at the local Kroger stores around metro Detroit. The Kroger Co. of Michigan and…

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Gleaners is in critical need of volunteers for many of its programs. Watch Gleaners’ very own Denise Leduc and Stacy Kessel talk to the need, as well as our many fantastic programs. After you’re done watching and learning, click on the link below to volunteer and start making a difference!

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(DETROIT – Jan. 1, 2019) … Gleaners Community Food Bank (Gleaners) has received a $96,500 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation (Dresner) allowing the organization to support food programs for children and families at its two Ford Resource and Engagement Centers in Detroit. Through “Food at FREC,” Gleaners provides low-income families with nutritious…

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As the federal shutdown continues, many furloughed federal employees are feeling the effects in their pocketbooks as they miss their first paychecks on Friday, Jan. 11. To help those who find themselves in an emergency situation, Gleaners is supplying distribution sites in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Monroe counties with food boxes to help employees…

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