Right now, food bank staff and volunteers are on the front lines helping the estimated 54 million people facing hunger in America. They work around the clock to keep food banks, pantries and meal programs running because they know that food on the table means so much more than just a meal — it also means hope.
In southeast Michigan the need for emergency food persists. Over the past five months, Gleaners Community Food Bank and our partners have distributed more than 30 million pounds of food. Fresh nutritious groceries and shelf stable foods leave our distribution centers to reach families in high-need neighborhoods and at-risk individuals who might otherwise go hungry.
September is Hunger Action Month. We hope you join Feeding America and Gleaners in thanking our hardworking food bank staff and volunteers serving on the frontlines every day to help feed America.
During this current crisis, we can all be advocates for the health and well-being of our neighbors. Food insecurity continues to be a constant stress for so many in our community. Recent projections estimate that more than 778,000 people in southeast Michigan could be at risk, including one out of every four children in Gleaners’ service area.
During Hunger Action Month everyone can be part of the solution to end hunger. Sharing, volunteering, advocating, fundraising and donating are just a few ways to pledge your support.