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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: Feeding Hungry People and Nourishing Our Communities. Gleaners distributes more than 41 million pounds of food annually to more than 550 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior homes and other nonprofit agencies that feed hungry people in southeast Michigan. 59% of those receiving Gleaners food are children and seniors. Every dollar donated to Gleaners provides three meals for a hungry neighbor.

Target demographics: We help feed hungry people in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties

Geographic areas served: We partner with 535 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior homes and other nonprofit agencies.

Programs: school-based Mobile Pantries, BackPack and SmartBite distributions, Cooking Matters courses, Fresh Food Share deliveries, and much more.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Geraldine G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization: the cleanest facility imaginable; careful, frugal management of resources; hard-working staff; good use of volunteers; excellent collection and distribution of life-saving food supplies. A Detroit treasure.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gleaners does a terrific job collecting surplus food, repackaging fold into snack and meal boxes for schools in economically challenged area, providing practical food preparation demonstrations/lessons, and nutrition education. They even had a vegetable garden on a vacant lot adjacent to the warehouse, Their conversion factor for cash to meals is phenomenal and overhead is low, An excellent model to follow. As a Sodexo employee I am a frequent supporter of Gleaners to meet our common gaol of stopping hunger, and especially children hunger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gleaners is the critical food partner helping make the wonderful backpacker program possible. With the assistance of Gleaners hundreds of children in Michigan receive food at school to take home through an innovative Stop Hunger program developed by Sodexo.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I had worked as a Clinical Social Worker for almost 30 years. I worked in Protective Services in Detroit, MI; schools in Algonac & Rochester, MI; treatment homes in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI; and a children's hospital in Pontiac, MI. In all, I serviced both rich and poor; in all places, I saw the need for services, especially food, before any treatment could begin. I find that Gleaners is a well established, overwhelmingly volunteer-based agency that distributes to all areas in all parts of the world. These past years in Michigan have been very very tough financially and the need for food has become epidemic. Job loss, foreclosures, financial problems all have contributed to a sense of hopelessness in my area for many people. I cannot begin to think about celebrating Christmas....either the secular or the religious .... without giving something to share for my fellow humans. I donate to other places but this one seems so 'down to earth'.. over 30million pounds of food distributed per year. Whether you have much or little to give.....just give.... please. It is so needed. Pass the 'will work for food' signs and contribute to where you know your dollars will be properly distributed. These double donation days, like today are terrific! You can donate for someone as a gift or in honor/memory of.... Please help. In all my days of service as a social worker, I have never seen so many so needy....and admitting it and sometimes feeling bad for accepting help. Please help so they can feel hope. I can no longer work due to physical problems but I can still help. I hope there are many, many more HELPERS out there today. thanks. Gail

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of several non-profits, but never before have I been part of an organization as well run as Gleaners Community Food Bank. I marvel at how the Gleaners team leverages 20,000 volunteers to distribute over 30 million pounds of food a year. There are less than 50 employees, yet Gleaners is at the forefront of countless programs in our community to help alleviate hunger and improve nutrition. The organization is filled with individuals possessing extraordinary skills and deep commitment to improving the lives of those in need. I am consistently awed and humbled by their accomplishments.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gleaners fills a community need that has become more significant in the wake of the floundering economy. The staff is proactive, dedicated, and equally open to the support of one person or a small army. They always respond to requests whether they are need based or inquiries to support on a volunteer basis.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gleaners makes miracles! They have a tireless staff, and army of volunteers and an amazing impact on the Metro Detroit area! They operate at an amazing cost and spend every available penny on helping people in need. Gleaners people are good people doing great things! I have volunteered with them at numerous events, and it's a great chance to help out in the community. So often, "helping a charity" means simply pulling out the checkbook, but Gleaners allows you to help at ground level. Meals on Wheels, the food bank, stuffing holiday boxes, are all great opportunities to get directly involved with some of the great things Gleaners does.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gleaner's is an amazing organization and truely provides a helping hand to Southeastern Michigan. Their leverage is outstanding: $0.95 of every dollar donated goes directly to food programs and every dollar provides 3 meals -- NOW THAT'S RESULTS! We've raised money and food donations a number of times, and volunteered at their distribution centers (which is actually alot of fun!).

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an incredible experience working with this organization. I have worked for many nonprofits, but this the best of the best. They are extremely organized and professional, as well as making us feel like we are part of the business. I can't wait to volunteer again. It is a great way to spend an afternoon; you meet new people and help an efficient organization serve so many people in need. I have to say thank you for making my life experiences even richer.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I often tell my friends that if all non-profits were run like Gleaners, our world would be in a much better state. They are efficient and resourceful, nothing goes to waste. They truly care about the dignity of their clients, they cherish and respect their employees and everyone I know who works there really works their fingers to the bone to get things done. It is a happy place, their employees love what they do. When you walk into the warehouse, you really feel the love. I would say that in this economy, no one is doing better work for our country than Gleaners.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been doing Social Work for 11 years and regardless of the population of people i assist, Gleaners has always been an option for those less fortunate. They have provided food for homeless teens and teen mothers, the elderly, foster care homes and organizations, the mentally ill, low income, 1time or new unemployed families....EVERYONE. I am truly proud to have associated my work and effort with an organization who's is focus is on the community. They are still located on the east side of Detroit and see first hand how their generosity and charity affects people. i wish them years and years of service.