Hunger Stories

Community food program to provide a ‘Hunger-Free Summer’ for Southeast Michigan kids

August 12, 2021
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They say hot months in the state are always a challenge as school lunch programs come to a halt. And now, due to the pandemic, the situation has gotten worse.

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3 ways food banks can help hungry kids and families this summer

July 9, 2021

Originally posted on WDIV Far too many children and families are worried about where their next meal will come from – but Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan has launched its summer programming to address hunger across Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Macomb and Monroe counties. At a time when one in six people, including one in five…

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How to Help Hungry Veterans for 4th of July  

July 1, 2021

Independence Day is just around the corner, and Americans are getting ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with fireworks, parades, cookouts, and gatherings with friends and family. But beyond the red, white, and blue displays of patriotism, thousands of local veterans are still living in poverty and struggling to put food on the table.    Food is among the most basic of needs, but hunger still infiltrates the daily lives of local veterans and their families. Here’s what you need to…

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Gleaners Food Bank launches ‘Hunger Free Summer’ program to provide free meals to kids

June 30, 2021

Originally posted on WXYZ Gleaners Community Food Bank will provide meals to children all summer in hopes of providing a “Hunger Free Summer” for kids in Southeast Michigan. “Summer has always been a difficult time for families and children facing hunger, and last summer we saw some of the greatest community need we have ever…

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Families’ needs for emergency food services expected to soar this summer

June 29, 2021

Originally posted on WDIV According to projections from Feeding America, one in six people — including one in five children — across Southeast Michigan are at risk of facing hunger this summer. While the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified awareness about hunger throughout the region, it is a persistent issue that impacted vulnerable populations long before…

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Aramco Americas supports five food banks nationwide as food insecurity continues

June 25, 2021

Originally posted on The donations fund the purchase of food and help expand the capacity of distribution networks and special programs for those in need in Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Detroit.  The total value of the donations is $500,000. Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks, estimates that most…

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Detroit Partners Unite After Fire Destroys Harper Food Center

March 19, 2021

On a cold Saturday evening in February, Rev. Dr. Steve Bland, Jr. of Liberty Temple Baptist Church turned on the local news as he prepared for Sunday church services. When he looked up at the screen, he was devastated by the images he saw: Harper Food Center in Detroit had just burned to the ground.…

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The Suburban Collection donates 1 million meals to Drive Away Hunger

February 26, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across southeast Michigan, it set forth a chain of events that caused food insecurity to skyrocket overnight. Children lost access to free and reduced meals at school. Working parents faced mass layoffs and furloughs at their workplaces. Seniors and other high-risk groups struggled to safely shop for groceries. Feeding America…

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Food insecurity increasing during the pandemic

January 27, 2021

“When you’re food insecure, you have one problem. You don’t have two”

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Food Banks Receive Boost from Stimulus Package

January 13, 2021

Originally posted on FREEP More than a million Michiganders who receive federal food assistance will see extra benefits loaded onto their Bridge cards later this monthand food banks and pantries across the state stand to get a much needed boost.  The latest federal stimulus package earmarks $13 billion for food assistance, including a 15% increase…

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