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Successful events help grow Food Bank of Eastern Michigan partnership with Midland business

Stuart Wilson, CPA, based in Midland, Michigan, has long believed in the importance of giving back to the community.

For 20 years, Wilson’s business has worked with the developmentally and mentally disabled across Michigan, including hosting an event called “Zippity Doo Da Day” at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo for the past six years. In an effort to offer additional services to attendees, Wilson and the event organizers sought out a partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

“We were looking for something to add to the event, it was suggested we add a food distribution event,” Wilson said. “It went over extremely well.”

The success of the event, combined from feedback from Saginaw Community Mental Health and other contacts, highlighted a need for access to nutritious food among senior and disabled populations. Wilson and his team met with Nicole Luczak, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Central Region Outreach Coordinator, to plan a follow-up event. In November of 2018, they hosted an event called, “Operation Polar Drop.”

“We figured it would be fun to do an event before Thanksgiving,” Wilson said. “We ordered three trucks of food for distribution, we thought for a first time effort, it went quite well.”

Stuart Wilson, CPA, was recognized with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Partner Recognition Award during the Food Bank’s Annual Meeting on April 10. The Partner Recognition Award recognizes organizations that expand or enhance the Food Bank’s reach in the community to provide meaningful and impactful programs and services for the hungry.

“Stuart’s selflessness and drive to make a positive difference in his community make him a very special person and an invaluable partner to the Food Bank,” Luczak said.

The success of the first two events Stuart Wilson, CPA, has done with the Food Bank have opened doors for potential future opportunities.

“It opened our eyes to additional possibilities of helping our target populations,” Wilson said.