The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan recognizes supporters

Food Bank hands out five awards during annual Partner Recognition Luncheon.

Food Bank hands out five awards during annual Partner Recognition Luncheon.

FLINT — The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan presented awards to volunteers, individual donors, companies, and other partners for their support in 2018 during the annual Partner Recognition Luncheon on March 26.

Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank, highlighted the many partners who made the 2018 Holiday Campaign a success. This year’s campaign had more than 150 activities, events, and food drives and raised $730,000 and 52,000 pounds of food, which gave the Food Bank the ability to provide 4.4 million meals through our partner agencies. Major partners this year included Biggby Coffee, the Flint Firebirds, Kroger, MLive, Outfront Media, The State Bank, Security Federal Credit Union, Financial Plus Credit Union, Genisys Credit Union, Skaff Furniture, and VG’s.

Ross also highlighted the ABC 12 School Spirit Challenge, in partner- ship with Elga Credit Union. Since 2009, the School Spirit Challenge has secured food and cash donations equating to 3.3 million meals.

Retail store partners were also recognized as part of the Food Bank’s Retail Store Recovery Program. In 2018, partners Aldi, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart provided more than 5 million pounds of food. Several stores also ran cash register campaigns in support of the Food Bank.

Hunger Hero Awards were also given out to volunteers and donors. Volunteers are awarded in two categories — individual and group. Donors are awarded in three categories — individuals, small groups, and organizations; small businesses; and corporations. Below are the recipients of this year’s Hunger Hero Awards:

Individual volunteer: Nikki Kohn of Al Boudreaux Insurance (Missy Flint of Hometeam Homeschool Group was also nominated) · Group volunteer: First Presbyterian Church of Flint (Flint Wesleyan Church and Van Dyk Farms were also nominated) · Individuals, small groups, and organizations: Super Can Man Liam Senton (Moorish Elementary School and Andrea and Jason Sydor & Family were also nominated) · Small business: 103.9 The Fox (Flint Firebirds Hockey Club and Skaff Furniture were also nominated) · Corporation: Flint GM Complex (Sara Lee Bakery and Elga Credit Union were also nominated)

Support from donors, volunteers, and partners is vital for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, year-round. The collective efforts of the Food Bank and partners provided help to more than 331,000 families through our more than 400 partner agencies in 2018.

“Each of these groups and individuals have in their own ways made a significant impact on the mission of the Food Bank,” Ross said. “We rely on the continued generous support of our partners to continue fighting to end hunger in the 22 counties we serve in Michigan.” — G.G.

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