The Suburban Collection looking to ‘Drive Away Hunger’ with fundraiser for Gleaners Community Food Bank

Originally posted on Macomb Daily

One in five children across Southeast Michigan may be at risk of going hungry, according to Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks.

Hoping to help children and their families in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston and Monroe counties, The Suburban Collection is partnering with Gleaners Community Food Bank on its second annual “Drive Away Hunger” fundraising campaign.  The goal is to engage staff and the community to raise funds for 375,000 meals for Gleaners by Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

“Through times of uncertainty, Gleaners has always stepped in to make sure local families know where their next meals are coming from,” said David Fischer Jr., group vice president for The Suburban Collection. “Across The Suburban Collection, our team members are enthusiastic and determined to support Gleaners’ efforts throughout our community-with a bit of friendly competition added.”

The effort will include The Suburban Collection’s leadership and 2,500 team members across its Southeast Michigan locations.

Each dealership appointed a team champion to lead location-specific fundraising initiatives ranging from casual Friday events to golf outings.

Customers and community members are encouraged to donate funds in-store or participate in The Suburban Collection’s virtual food drive competition page through Gleaners at Online, donors can view all of Suburban’s 24 fundraising teams and support the team of their choice with a financial contribution or by “checking out” food items during a virtual shopping cart experience. Every dollar donated provides three meals.

“Life has changed for everyone in the past year and a half, and so many of our neighbors in need continue to worry how they will make ends meet,” said Gerry Brisson, president and CEO of Gleaners. “One thing we can do together is to make sure food is not one of their worries. Support to The Suburban Collection’s ‘Drive Away Hunger’ campaign will help provide nourishing food to households deeply affected by the pandemic. When we come together to fight hunger, everyone wins.”

The Detroit-based Gleaners continues to operate dozens of emergency distribution sites across Southeast Michigan, from urban neighborhoods to rural towns. These sites offer balanced nutrition – including fresh milk, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and shelf-stable items – with no appointment necessary and built on a “no contact” drive-through model. Eighty-percent of the households Gleaners serves through its emergency mobile response efforts are families with kids under the age of 18.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gleaners’ Southeast Michigan food distribution has increased from an average of 3.5 million pounds to 6.3 million pounds per month.

As part of the Drive Away Hunger campaign, The Suburban Collection will allocate funds raised by its Ann Arbor locations to Food Gatherers, the primary food bank serving Washtenaw County communities. The Suburban Collection will additionally provide a matching gift for the same amount to Gleaners.

To make a donation to the virtual food drive competition page visit Gleaners’

For more information about the competition, visit