FLINT – Since 1996, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has held an annual Holiday Campaign in order to help provide food for the men, women and families of east Michigan during the holiday season. This year, the Food Bank kicked off the annual campaign on the morning of October 27 at their Hunger Solution Center in Flint, beginning their 20th Holiday Campaign and aiming to generate more food than ever.
Over the past 20 years, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM) has generated more than $10.3 million, which has resulted in more than 61.8 million meals for the hungry of Michigan. Their annual Holiday Campaign benefits 417 partner agencies in 22 counties throughout Michigan, with distribution expected to reach more than 27 million pounds of food this year.
In order to sustain programs administered by the Food Bank and continue increasing food distribution, this year’s holiday campaign goal is $875,000, which is the equivalent of 5,250,000 meals. It is with the dedication of many valued community partners that the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will reach this goal to aid in the mission to fight hunger. Several community businesses and organizations have made supporting the Food Bank part of their holiday traditions.
More than 55 local organizations are hosting food drives and other fundraising activities to support the Food Bank during the holiday season. The Food Bank and many of their partner agencies will, once again, be selling their popular paper ornaments at Kroger, Big John’s Steak and Onion and other local businesses. Partner agencies will also be distributing Holiday Boxes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Last year more than 4,300 boxes were distributed. The goal this year is to provide at least 5,500 families with a holiday meal.
Community businesses, organizations, and individuals can still get involved. Watch for the Food Bank newsletter or holiday card in your mailbox. Or you can visit one of their partners and purchase a paper ornament to show your support of the mission to end hunger. This holiday season, give the gift of food and help the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan “change the face of hunger.”
For more information, visit their website today at www.fbem.org.