More people in Metro Detroit are facing food insecurity amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – While many people are preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner, there is a growing number of people who are worried about every meal -- every single day. It’s not about a one-time Thanksgiving turkey giveaway -- it’s about chronic food insecurity and uncertainty. Gleaners Food Bank, which has numerous programs and partners to feed families, has seen exponential growth by about 50,000 people every month. Boy Scouts help Ann Arbor food drive set single-day collection recordMembers of Boy Scout Troop 27 of St. Francis Parish helped the St. Francis Parish Food Drive break its single-day collection record on Saturday. According to event coordinator and Troop 27 alumnus Zach Damon, Troop 27 collected 591 bags and boxes of food and personal items -- enough to help over 100 local families.
Make it a hunger-free summer for families in your community
This article is sponsored by Gleaners Community Food Bank. Gleaners Food Bank is partnering with CItizens Bank, Michigan to make sure this is a hunger-free summer for families. Gerry Brisson, President and CEO of Gleaners Community Food Bank, explained that there are a lot more trucks out this summer feeding those in need. Rick Hampson, President and CEO of Citizens Bank, Michigan, said that Citizens Bank is matching the donations to Gleaners to help give back to the community. You can help families in your community by visiting hungerfreesummer.orgWatch the video to learn more.
Gleaners to begin hunger-free summer program
DETROIT Gleaners Community Food Bank announced Tuesday the launch of its Summer Food Service Program, with summer meal sites beginning July 1. The program will complement Gleaners food distribution programs through its more than 500-member partner network, emergency food distribution sites and emergency food box delivery programs to meet increased community need through the COVID-19 crisis. Children have been without access to school meals since mid-March, and without dedicated summer food programs, many kids in our community would spend the summer wondering where their next meal will come from. Gleaners is dedicated to being a stabilizing resource for our kids.This years Summer Food Service Program will use multiple distribution models to meet the needs of children or special needs adults aged 19-26 across southeast Michigan. Meal sites: These 21 sites will be offered in two formats: providing take-home or onsite nutritionally-balanced, pre-prepared breakfasts and/or lunches.
How you can help kids have a happy,healthy summer
This article is sponsored by Gleaners Food Bank. Stacy Averill from Gleaners Hunger Free Summer campaign joined host Jason Carr to talk about how to help. President of Citizens Bank of Michigan, Rick Hampson, says that "CItizens Bank has been a sponsor of the Hunger Free Summer campaign for 9 years." Citizens Bank has agreed to match every donation from the region. The Hunger Free Summer program is accepting donations until September 2nd.