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Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Announces Holiday Campaign Goals, Partners

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan hopes this year’s holiday campaign will raise $745,000, or enough to provide over 4.4 million meals to residents of the 22 eastern Michigan counties the organization serves.

The campaign was announced on November 25, prior to Thanksgiving, and included recognition for the Food Bank’s partners and initiatives.

“During the holiday season, we enjoy time with family and friends, often gathered around large meals,” said Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “The reality for many is much different – one in six families in our region struggles to put food on the table. We are grateful for our supporters and partners who make our Holiday Campaign successful each year and allow us to help families in need throughout our region.”

Dick Skaff, President and CEO of Skaff Furniture & Carpet, spoke on behalf of businesses who support the Food Bank, noting that in addition to programs like Skaff’s annual Save and Share program, he also volunteers at the Food Bank with members of his staff and with his church.

“The Food Bank does an excellent job feeding the hungry,” Skaff said. “If you haven’t been here volunteering to sort food, it’s a lot of fun. It is good team bonding for our employees.”

Craig Leavitt, Executive Director of Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries, spoke on behalf of Hunger Relief Partners about what the relationship with the Food Bank means to them. Crossover is open five days per week and is supported by four local churches: Riverside Tabernacle, St. Paul Episcopal, Court Street United Methodist, and First Presbyterian Church of Flint. They distribute food, clothing, and personal goods to people in need.

“We are literally an extension of the Food Bank,” Leavitt said. “We could not get done what we do without the Food Bank.”

This year, the Food Bank also announced a new food rescue program that it began piloting in the fall. Participating restaurants, including Little Caesars locations throughout Genesee County, donate prepared food that is immediately picked up by volunteer drivers and transported to agencies in the area that can serve it to people in need. The program is one of many ways volunteers help the Food Bank provide nearly 30 million pounds of food each year to the counties it serves.

“Every year, individuals and organizations contribute thousands of volunteer hours to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan,” Ross said. “We have a massive operation to sort incoming food, package it, and prepare it for distribution to the 22 counties we serve. Our passionate and committed volunteers are vital to our ability to serve our agencies and families.”

Over the past 23 years, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s holiday fundraising campaigns have raised more $12 million to fight hunger. The goal this holiday season is to distribute 5,500 holiday food boxes to families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This support of committed partner organizations and donors provides the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan with the resources necessary to help families. This year, those partners include:

Company/Organization Activity
103.9 The Fox Fox Feeding Frenzy Radio-Thon
ABC12 School Spirit Challenge
Anheuser-Busch Holiday Promotion
Anytime Fitness Food Drive
Ascension Genesys Athletic Club Roast Your Rump
Big John’s Steak & Onion Ornament Promotion
Boy Scouts Scouting for Food
Century 21 Signature Realty Food Drive
Chemical Bank Soup Bowl Stars
Chili’s Give Back Day
Complete Runner Food Drive
Cricket Wireless Food Drive
Delehanty Ford Fill the Truck Food Drive
Family Dollar Food Drive
FBEM’s Partner Agencies Ornament Promotion
Fenech Entertainment Fenech Feud
Financial Plus Credit Union Whatchamacallit Food Drive
Firekeepers Casino Turkey Drop
Fiserv Food Drive
Flint & Genesee chamber of Commerce Food Drive
Flint Cultural Center Holiday Walk Food Drive
Flint Firebirds Hockey Firebirds Fight Hunger
Genisys Credit Union Food & Fund Drive
GM Women-Customer Care & After Sales Drive Away Hunger
Huntington Bank Holiday Sponsor
Kellogg’s Amazon Virtual Food Drive
Kettering University College Town Holiday Drive
Kroger Hearts to Homes Food Bags
Little Caesars Pizza Food Rescue
LJ Rolls Refrigeration Food Drive
Men at W.O.R.K. Winterfest
MI Sportsmen Against Hunger Venison Drive
Michigan Eye Institute Food Drive
Miller Poultry Holiday Chicken Drop
MLive Newspaper Envelope Inserts
Old Dominion Freight Line Food Drive
Outfront Media Billboard Promotion
Rosehaven Manor Food Drive
Security Credit Union Ornament Promotion
Skaff Furniture & Carpet One Save & Share Promotion
Skateland Winterfunderland
Spymaker Escape Room Escape from Hunger
Stephens Wealth Management Holiday Sponsor
Subway Season of Giving
The State Bank Bank Against Hunger
TI Fluid Systems Company Drive
VG’s & Spartan Nash Reds, Whites & Brews
What Lies Beyond Jeep Club Moundsgiving-Wheeling Against Hunger