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.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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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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.

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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

There is so much love in this organization. I've volunteered making food bundles and the facility was neat and clean. The staff and the others who came out that afternoon were so friendly. And on the other end of things I have seen the Gleaners trucks out in my community. What a life saver to so many.

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

wonderful, caring people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I volunteered at Gleaners several times a long time ago and saw that they were making a difference in people's lives. As a result, I donate s small amount from my paycheck every month to the non-profit as doing so would be the right thing to do so they can continue their good work.

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

doing good for the community with the least amount of resources.

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

Ways to make it better...

Doing an awesome job.

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?

2009-3-01

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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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4 people found this review helpful

I love helping out at Gleaners warehouse. The staff is super nice and you really feel like you are doing something beneficial.

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

Feed all of the needy in Detroit

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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