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. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 499 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan.
In 2017, Gleaners distributed more than 42 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. On average, Gleaners distributes 89,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 171,000 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 97 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. Gleaners is a vital link between available food and those who need it most. Local and national producers have surplus food that may otherwise go to waste for lack of a way to safely and efficiently bring it to market. Human service agencies face tight budgets and increasing demand for services. Our expertise and facilities bring these valuable resources together to help ease the problem of hunger.
The DTE Energy Foundation believes that providing healthy nutritious food to children in our communities establishes energy around learning. Gleaners has developed efficient, reliable methods for handling a tremendous volume of all kinds of food. Its distribution centers bring food closer to those in need, saving member agencies time and money that they can use in providing food for our hungry neighbors. Additionally, the DTE Energy Foundation supports Gleaners through a variety of ways in order to encourage education and advocacy. The two organizations believe that both efforts will reduce reliance on the emergency food system. Specifically, the Foundation supported Gleaners’ School Food Mobile Pantry Program that delivers emergency food directly to schools for distribution to low-income students and their families. Monthly distributions provide each family with 30 pounds of food to meet their basic needs. Partnering with the DTE Energy Foundation, Gleaners fulfills its role with a sense of compassion and urgency while nourishing, sustaining and advancing hope in our community.