Originally posted WXYZ Detroit
DETROIT (WXYZ) — Gleaners Community Food Bank is helping to provide access to healthy food for those in need through its Fresh Market Pantry program.
Gleaners launched one of its Fresh Market Pantry locations at the Mercado Food Hub a year ago to help feed families throughout southwest Detroit.
The program provides families with eggs, milk, and a variety of fresh produce on a weekly basis.
The pantry is located in the Ford Resource and Engagement Center at 2826 Bagley in Detroit. It is open on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and serves approximately 300 families a week. (Please note, that although the pantry is open on Thursdays, it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.)
The drive-up distribution program allows families to receive the groceries placed right in the trunk of their cars.
Guests without a vehicle can also walk up and receive food.
The pantry is one of three Fresh Market programs in southeast Michigan. The other two are located at the Livingston County Shared Harvest Pantry and Fish and Loaves Pantry in Taylor.
“This program is an absolute lifeline for the people in the neighborhood; they love knowing it’s there every week if they need it,” Leduc said.
You do not need an appointment and the pantry is free for anyone who needs assistance.
The Fresh Market Pantry at Mercado Food Hub has Spanish-speaking specialists on hand for the Southwest Detroit community, where English is a second-language for a large portion of the population.