Together with our partners, Gleaners is doing everything we can to serve those affected by the current state of emergency. Our team is working extended hours to host new drive-up mobile food distribution sites, pack emergency boxes, and continue to provide food through our School Food Mobiles and to our network of partner agencies.
With schools to remain closed and the state of emergency in Michigan extended, struggling children, families, and seniors will face hunger today and well into the future.
Gleaners is committed to be a stabilizing force for our partners and our hungry neighbors in this great time of need. And you can help! Here are a few ways to help feed people and nourish your community:
Donate to Help Us Reach Families in Need
300,000 students are missing the free and reduced-price school meals they rely on. Help ensure kids across southeast Michigan are powered by the food they need to learn and grow.
Create a Virtual Food Drive
Community members and organizations are encouraged to start Virtual Food Drives. These online drives are an easy and safe way to help ensure Gleaners can purchase and deliver our most needed items. Please note: In adherence to social distancing recommendations from the CDC, Gleaners does not recommend hosting physical food drive at this time.
Start a Facebook Fundraiser
Ask your friends and family to help feed your hungry neighbors by starting a Facebook Fundraiser. Tell them why you support Gleaners’ emergency response efforts and inspire others to give!
Learn About Hunger
Before the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, one in five families in Michigan struggled with hunger. We anticipate this number will increase, as many people continue to be greatly affected by the state of emergency. Hunger can often be hidden. Learn more about food insecurity in your community through our partner Feeding America.
Interested in hearing how food banks are responding to the current state of emergency? Check out the Food First Podcast, featuring Dr. Phil Night of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Gerry Brisson, Gleaners’ President and CEO.
Volunteer Shifts are Suspended Until June 15
While a majority of our warehouse volunteer shifts have been suspended, a few programs are in need of assistance:
Gleaners is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received in the past few weeks. “So many of you have shown up for our team and our hungry neighbors. By making donations, sending words of encouragement and sharing our mission to fight hunger—you are directly contributing to Gleaners’ work in the community. Even if you cannot join us physically, you are certainly with us in spirit. Thank you!”
~Stacy Averill, Senior Director of Community Giving & Public Relations