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David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation Grant Supports March Against Hunger

Some of the 700 chicken breast and cheese on bagel sandwiches being prepared in the production kitchen at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint.

A $5,000 grant to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will help feed families and children in need by kicking off the annual March Against Hunger campaign.

The gift comes from the David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation. The foundation was established in 2015 and honors David Elliott, a longtime Rochester, Michigan, resident who held several leadership positions in the business community and believed in giving back to people in need.

“Our mission is to take care of and support people in local Michigan communities,” said Ken Batterbee, Vice President of the Board of the David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation. “We like to support programs that focus on education, financial need, health care, veterans, and youth programs. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves such a large area, that we can help make a big impact.”  The foundation supports several other local charities and causes each year, including the Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Toys for Tots, local schools and veteran’s organizations.

The $5,000 gift will help launch the Food Bank’s annual March Against Hunger campaign by matching dollar-for-dollar the first $5,000 raised in the campaign.  The campaign helps raise funds each March that support feeding families in need in the spring and summer months, including supporting the Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program, which provides prepared meals to children at sites throughout Michigan all summer long when school is out.

“Committed partners like the David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation are vital to our ability to fulfill our mission,” said Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “For every dollar we receive from donors, we are able to provide six meals for people in need in our community. We are grateful to the David W. Elliott Foundation. This gift will make a significant positive impact on hungry families in our community by providing meals throughout the spring and summer months.”