Local Businesses Battle to Fight Hunger and Feed Children

22nd Annual Hunger Free Summer Food Fight: Local Businesses Battle to Fight Hunger and Feed Children

(July 19, 2016 – Detroit, MI) … Monday, July 18, 2016 through Friday, July 29, 2016 more than forty southeast Michigan businesses and organizations will help feed hungry children this summer as they participate in the 22nd Annual Hunger Free Summer Food Fight to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners). This year’s annual food and fund drive has over 40 businesses (5,000+ employees) competing to raise the most meals over the two-week period. Gleaners’ annual Food Fight has raised over one million meals for hungry children and families.

Over 300,000 children in southeastern Michigan depend on school-provided free or reduced-fee meals and are at risk of missing important meals during the summer. According to the 2016 Kids Count Michigan study, child poverty has gone up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties since 2006, including in all five counties Gleaners serves.  A 2015 Journal of Adolescent Health review found that children who participated in school breakfast or lunch programs showed significant improvement in grades and standardized test scores as well as having fewer school absences.

Participating companies are grouped by number of employees and compete against others in their “weight category” for the Madeline Kafoury Memorial Trophies. The 2016 Hunger Free Summer Food Fight Categories include: Under 40 Employees, 40+ Employees, 90+ Employees, 175+ Employees, 500+ Employees, the Facebook Fan Favorite, and the New Participant Award. (A list of the 2016 Hunger Free Summer Food Fight participants is attached below.)

For more information on the 2016 Hunger Free Summer Food Fight visit: https://www.gcfb.org/event_2016hfs_food_fight.

To help increase the “weight” of a favorite company, visit: www.gcfb.org/foodfight – all donations are welcome (supporting a specific organization isn’t necessary).

About Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
For nearly 40 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” From its Detroit headquarters, Gleaners operates five distribution centers and provides food to 535 agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Collecting 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributing 79,000 meals a day Gleaners also educates 84,700 children about food and nutrition. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. Learn more at www.gcfb.org.

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2016 Hunger Free Summer Food Fight Participants:

* denotes returning organization

500+ Employees Category

• Columbia Center/Kirco Management* (Troy)

• Osprey Management Company* (Troy)

• Quicken Loans – Industry Platform Team (Detroit)

• Robert Bosch LLC* (Plymouth & Farmington Hills)

• TD Auto Finance* (Farmington Hills)

• Yazaki North America*  (Canton)

175+ Employees Category

• BNP Media* (Troy)

• Calsonic Kansei (Farmington Hills)

• City of Troy*

• UHY LLP* (Farmington Hills & Sterling Heights)

90+ Employees Category

• BDO USA, LLP* (Troy)

• Crestmark Bank* (Troy)

• Embassy Suites of Troy (Troy) •  Experi-Metal Inc. (Sterling Heights)

•  Gabriel Ride Control* (Farmington Hills)

• Great Oaks Country Club (Rochester)

• J.D. Power* (Troy)

• Rehmann* (Troy)

• Robert Half International* (Southfield, Troy & Dearborn)

• Thomson Reuters* (Bingham Farms)

• Walsh College* (Troy )

40+ Employees Category

• BHPI* (Detroit)

• Crispelli’s (Troy)

• CVS Specialty (Troy)

• Enterprise Rent-A-Car* (24 Locations – SE Michigan)

• Gordon Advisors, P.C.* (Troy)

• Jack Henry & Associates – Troy* (Troy)

• Kiwanis of Utica-Shelby Township*  (Utica)

• Main Street Bank (Troy)

• Quicken Loans-Client Experience (Detroit)

• Raymond James (Farmington Hills)

• RIIS, LLC (Troy)

• Trinity Health- IRMS (Livonia)

Under 40 Employees Category
• 920 On the Park* (Troy)
• Battery Brotherhood Youth Fraternity (Detroit)
• BI Worldwide* (Troy)
• Entech Staffing Solutions (Troy)
• Gateway Country Day School* (Clawson)
• Luma Laser and Medspa (Troy)
• Mantese Honigman P.C.* (Troy)
• MCM Staffing (Madison Heights)
• Oakland County Michigan Works! (Troy)
• Precise Chiropractic* (Troy)
• Snook Housey Advisors, Inc* (Troy)
• Sunroof Express (Troy)