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Gleaners Community Food Bank, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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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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.


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!).