Gleaners Community Food Bank, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 2131 Beaufait Detroit MI 48207 USA

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 more than 550 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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the huge multiplier effect of our fund raising, every dollar is levered using food donations to create 16 times the value.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing their distribution of food to many in my areas.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They REALLY make dollar for dollar count. And tho they have a small staff of paid workers, they are overwhelmingly volunteer based.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Our TV stations have shown volunteers... office wokers who gave up their Christmas party to donate time and money to Gleaners.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change our nation's view of how to help others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The results are so concrete. 95 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to the mission of acquiring and distributing food.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious, generous, and patient.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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13 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. Everyone was so appreciative of the help, I really felt like I was part of something bigger.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

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!).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and friendly! Helping in the distribution centers is always a good time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is meeting other people and how efficient the process was. I can't believe how much we accomplishd in a short amount of time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff were extremely helpful and caring, as well as knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks it could feed the world!

Ways to make it better...

From what I have seen so far I am not sure you can make it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I get to talk to people who benefit from the food distribution.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a larger budget.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the workers know they are saving lives everyday.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

humble, hard working, compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed many more people that truly need it. They are helping people faced with the worst economy in the United States.

Ways to make it better...

I don't think it could get any better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the worsening of the economy, too many hungry people to feed.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the satifaction of those i support. they are truly grateful for the assistance

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That they are always willing to help out. They never turn anyone away.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful, willing to go the extra mile alot of empathy and understanding of their situation

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many people and families within the community. It could change a neighborhood with additional programs and housing.

Ways to make it better...

My experience with Gleaners has always been a great one

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Donations...they need more donations

One thing I'd also say is that...

Continue to help those in need for that reason alone

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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