human needs

Through partnerships with human service organizations, the DTE Energy Foundation is focused on making sure that the needs of our neighbors and their communities are met. We promote programs that remove barriers and support innovative approaches to meeting basic human needs, including food, shelter, and health and wellness. Our support increases the choice and supply of safe shelter options and leverages existing programs that offer nutritious food to individuals in need across our state.

Priority will be given to organizations or initiatives that:

  • Can effectively address the immediate economic, social or physical needs of families or individuals
  • Demonstrate how their programming assists families and individuals in stabilizing their immediate needs
  • Improve and create long-term sustainability for families

Kids’ Food Basket

In West Michigan alone, nearly 50,000 children are food insecure. They spend each day uncertain when they will get their next meal — a worry that no child should have. Watch our video to learn more about how the DTE Energy Foundation supports Kids’ Food Basket. 

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Gleaners Community Food Bank

Gleaners Community Food Bank provides households with access to sufficient, nutritious food, and related resources. Through collaboration, efficient operations, education, and innovative solutions, Gleaners works to achieve a hunger-free community in southeast Michigan.

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Forgotten Harvest

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. The Organization is dedicated to relieving hunger in Metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” more than 45 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 250 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.

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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has supported communities across the United States for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Out of every dollar, 82 cents spent by The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

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Kids’ Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket is a grassroots, community solution to childhood hunger. In Michigan, 1 in 5 children are affected by hunger and thousands of West Michigan children are food insecure – they can’t count on having access to good, nourishing food every day. The organization engages the West Michigan community to encourage children to reach their full potential, both in school and in life.

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2018 Application calendar
All giving areas

All giving areas 
Application period: January 22- February 2
Decision made: May 25, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: April 23 – May 4
Decision made: August 10, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: July 23 – August 3
Decision made: November 16, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: October 22 – November 2
Decision made: February 8, 2019

2019 New application calendar
Human needs


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