FLINT – For more than two decades, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has held their annual Holiday Campaign in order to help provide food for the men, women and families in 22 counties throughout east Michigan during the holiday season. This year, the Food Bank officially kicked off the annual campaign on Nov. 1 and remains committed to changing the face of hunger throughout the region.
“This holiday season, we’re looking to make the most of the monetary donations we collect in order to put those funds where they are needed most,” said Kelly Belcher, the marketing and communications manager for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “The tagline we’re using for the Holiday Campaign is ‘Your money makes more meals,’ and it’s true. When you give us your dollar, we can go further with it than with a food donation. We can buy more meals, we can buy more food, we can feed more people. Canned food drives are so important in the community, and they foster a real sense of giving, but if someone gives us a dollar, we can do more with that dollar than if they just put that dollar towards a can of food. We can do so much with that dollar.”
Over the past 20 years, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM) has generated more than $10 million, which has resulted in more than 62 million meals for hungry men, women and families in Michigan. Their annual Holiday Campaign also benefits 417 partner agencies throughout eastern Michigan, and each year, the Food Bank assembles an average of 5,000 Holiday Boxes. These boxes are packed with all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal, plus extra meals for several days while children are on holiday break.
In order to sustain programs administered by the Food Bank and continue increasing food distribution, this year’s holiday campaign goal is $840,000, which is the equivalent of more than 5 million meals. It is with the dedication of many valued community partners that FBEM will reach this goal to aid in the mission to fight hunger.
“The money we raise during the Holiday Campaign will stay within our service area, within the 22 counties we serve,” said Belcher. “We know for a fact that 98 percent of all donations go directly to programs that support our mission and fight hunger. We only have a 2-percent administrative cost. People can give with confidence, knowing that their money is putting food into a home with a family that needs it. Their donations are feeding people.”
Through the years, several community businesses and organizations have made supporting the Food Bank a major 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. Partner agencies will also be distributing Holiday Boxes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Though the Holiday Campaign is underway, community businesses, organizations, and individuals can still get involved, as the drive will last through the end of December. Watch for the Food Bank newsletter or holiday card in your mailbox, or visit their website to donate. 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.