A Kid’s Summer: Eat and Stay Safe This Season

Originally posted by Michigan Chronical COVID-19 is practically in the rearview mirror and with rates steadily declining and summer in full swing, it’s time to get the children outside and to play safely. The YMCA is offering children and youth several activities this summer with free programs, camps and activities. Latitia McCree, senior vice-president, Communications…

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Student Group Steps Up for Charity

Key2Finesse, a group of metro Detroit students who care deeply about developing strong leadership skills among their peers, also showed concern for childhood hunger when it chose Gleaners’ BackPack Program as the recipient of its annual Speak the Difference fundraiser.

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7-year-old Gives Back by Holding Food Drive

After battling cancer, 7-year-old gives back by holding food drive Before March 7, 2018, Brock Meader of Livingston County was your typical 6-year-old. He loves cartoons, especially old-school ones like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” his dog, and being outdoors – last Christmas his parents got him a four-wheeler. His mom, Christa, says he’s outgoing and…

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From Warehouse to School: The Journey of a ‘Can of Sunshine’

Dole Packaged Foods is brightening up the lives of families in Gleaners Community Food Bank’s service area of Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties with “cans of sunshine.” It all began in February when Gleaners accepted 25,000 pounds of canned sliced, chunks, tidbits, and crushed pineapple from Dole Packaged Foods at its main warehouse,…

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How Volunteering Helped Inspire a Student

How Volunteering as a Youth Inspired College Student to Fight Food Insecurity with Blessing Box Detroit As a fifth-grader, Obaidah Bitar had no clue what food insecurity really looked like until he went with his classmates to volunteer through Kids Helping Kids at Gleaners. I didn’t know the extent of who was hungry, and the…

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