GENESEE COUNTY – The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan kicked off the annual holiday campaign Nov. 19 at their Hunger Solution Center.
Since 1996 the community has generated more than $9.4 million, resulting in more than 56.6 million meals for people who are hungry. The holiday campaign benefits 417 partner agencies in 22 counties of Michigan with distribution expected to reach over 26 million pounds of food this year.
This year, these has be an increase in need throughout Michigan. Fortunately the Food Bank has a tremendous amount of help to meet the need. At the Hunger Solution Center volunteer groups safely and efficiently work to sort and package food for distribution. The community kitchen prepared and distributed 3,000 nutritious meals and snacks daily through the summer. Now that school has resumed, 1,800 children are being fed through Head Start, After School Kids Café and Job Crop. Programs.
To sustain these programs and continue increasing food distribution, this year’s holiday campaign goal is $950,000.
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.
Partners include: Baker College; Kettering University; Mott Community College; and University of Michigan; Kroger; VG’s/SpartanNash; Big John’s Steak & Onion; and Skaff Furniture- Carpet One Financial Partners: First Merit Bank; The State Bank; and Security Credit Union
As part of the kick-off Community President, Greg Viener and many staff members from FirstMerit Bank presented Food Bank President William E. Kerr with a $10,000 check.
Many new community partners have joined the Food Bank’s mission this year including AT&T, The Flint Firebirds, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods. In fact, all five of the Firebird’s January games will have benefit opportunities for the Food Bank, as a means to making the public realize that hunger doesn’t end after the holidays.
Community businesses, organizations, and individuals can still get involved. Watch for the Food Bank holiday cards in your mailboxes and giving envelopes in your local papers. Visit one of our partners and purchase a paper ornament to show your support of the mission to end hunger. – G.G.