The Issue: Food Insecurity in Southeastern Michigan
In southeast Michigan, more than 707,000 people are food insecure, meaning they do not always know where their next meal will come from, or if it will come at all. Furthermore, 25% of children in cities live in households frequently effected by food insecurity. Among these are the 300,000 southeastern Michigan children who participate in their schools’ free and reduced-price meal programs. These children rely on that one square meal they receive Monday through Friday, and regularly face hunger over the weekend and on winter breaks.
The Campaign: Distributing Meals to Hungry Individuals
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to feed hungry neighbors throughout the region. For every $10 raised, Gleaners can distribute 30 meals to hungry individuals. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 94 cents for food and food programs.
Gleaners Community Food Bank
At the core of Gleaners Community Food Bank since its founding in 1977 is a team of hardworking volunteers who all have a common mission in mind: to end hunger in southeastern Michigan. To that end these dedicated individuals distribute nutritious food, including overstock from grocery stores, food from the government, and nonperishables donated by the community, to hungry families, children, and seniors. Operating out of five distribution centers, Gleaners distributes nearly 100,000 meals per day through its network of 550 partner schools, soup kitchens, and shelters. In order to keep its donations going where they're most needed, the organization also operates efficiently, ensuring every dollar donated puts three meals on plates. Yet the minds behind Gleaners understand that emergency food supplies alone aren't enough to end hunger, so they also focus efforts on education and advocacy.