Casino Hotel gives turkeys to Food Bank

FLINT — The FireKeeper Casino in Battle Creek will donate turkey’s to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan as part of a statewide effort to bring holiday cheer to those in need.

Turkeys are a much desired item around the holidays for struggling residents. The 200 turkeys will help fill the hunger gap for a number of agencies that the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan distributes food to weekly.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. A total of 1,000 turkeys are being donated to five food banks in Michigan and Indiana.

For the third consecutive year, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has made an effort to contribute to area food banks prior to the start of the holiday season.

Since opening, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has made a concerted effort to contribute to local communities, including distributions to the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board (FLRSB), distributions to the State of Michigan, as well as focusing business operations on local spending.

“As we enter the holiday season, we are thankful for the success FireKeepers has enjoyed and take pride in having the opportunity to give back to surrounding communities,” stated R. Bruce McKee, CEO of FireKeepers Casino Hotel. “The food banks we have partnered with do a tremendous job year-round and this extra assistance from FireKeepers during the business holiday season will benefit many families in these communities.”

• Five area locations have been selected for a donation of 200 turkeys each, including the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, located in Flint.

Established in 1981, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has grown into a major affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. The Food Bank has earned Charity Navigator’s highest praise — a Four-Star Rating — for 10 consecutive years and is effective in distributing emergency food relief through a network of 417 partner agencies.

With the increasing need in Michigan, distribution topped 20.5 million pounds of food 2011 throughout its 22 county service area. During these trying economic times, over 50,000 individuals each week are receiving food from food banks. — G.G.

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