FLINT — A $100,000 donation from Big John Steak and Onion to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan could help the Food Bank provide 1.2 million meals to people in need if the match is met by the end of December.
The donation is just the latest in a long line of support for residents who face hunger on a daily basis. Since 2005, Big John has partnered with the Food Bank to feed hungry families. Big John and their patrons have donated more than $260,000 to fight hunger and feed people in need over the last 15 years, including a $50,000 donation in the spring to help the increased need for food in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The restaurant industry is struggling this year, just like many families,” said Jack Goodfellow Jr., advertising and purchasing director for Big John Steak and Onion. “But with a dramatic increase in people in need during the pandemic, we are more committed than ever to fight hunger in our community.”
Typically, the food insecurity rate in the 22 counties served by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is about 14 percent. During the pandemic, that number has grown to 40 percent. The Food Bank has distributed more than 40 million pounds of food since mid-March – a 100 percent increase over the same timeframe last year, and more food than we distributed in the entire year in 2019.
“The need for food has never been greater,” said Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “We simply would not be able to meet this unprecedented need without the generosity of partners like Big John Steak and Onion. Not just this year, but every year, Big John staff members and customers go above and beyond to help us make sure our neighbors have food to eat. We are grateful for this incredible donation, and for the long-term support everyone at Big John Steak and Onion has provided to the Food Bank and to the community as a whole.”
Donations to the matching campaign can be made online, either at this direct link or by visiting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan homepage, www.fbem.org, and clicking the ‘Big John Match’ button.
Because of the Food Bank’s ability to purchase food in large quantities at a discounted rate, each dollar donated helps provide approximately six meals to people in need. Donations to the matching campaign can be made through the end of December.
Details: Visit www.fbem.org. — G.G.