2300 Lapeer Road, Flint MI 48503
(810) 239-4441

About Us

ABOUT US

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves as a common solicitor, storehouse and distributor of food to member non-profit and charitable organizations in 22 counties.

Once food arrives at the Food Bank, it is sorted, inspected and made available to partner agencies such as churches, soup kitchens, and food pantries to distribute to those in need.  All Food Bank partner agencies are required to distribute food, without charges or fees, to needy clients.

PROCUREMENT

The Food Bank procures food from surpluses in the grocery industry. For example, if Kellogg’s produces more Rice Krispies than it sells, then somewhere there is a warehouse full of cereal with a date stamped on each box. When that date passes…the food is still good to eat, but can not be sold.

Many donations come to the Food Bank because of shifts in market forces. Misprints, damaged freight, over production, food drives, and other efforts cause food to be donated to the Food Bank.

GRASSROOTS

1024px-Feeding_America_logo.svgThe Food Bank of Eastern Michigan began in 1981 as a small, grassroots community organization serving agencies in Genesee County. Due to the ever increasing need for our services, the Food Bank has grown to serve more than 415 partner agencies throughout 22 eastern Michigan counties.

food_bank_council_of_michiganThe Food Bank one of seven food banks in the state that make up the Food Bank Council of Michigan and a member of Feeding America.

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Established 1981

Since 1981, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has vigorously pursued the mission to eradicate hunger within the community.

OUR HISTORY

Starting with a staff of three, working in a small, rented portion of a warehouse, the organization soon grew to a five person staff operating out of a 90’ x 100’ donated warehouse.  In 1990, the Food Bank moved to its current location on Lapeer Road.  Three more expansions, including the addition of the Hunger Solution Center in a semi-adjacent facility and the Food Bank now has over 110,000 square feet of warehouse space and offices.

The Food Bank became an affiliated member of the United Way in 1985 and joined Feeding America in 1987.  These organizations further enabled the Food Bank to expand its service area and distribute food to those in need throughout 22 counties.  In 2002, Feeding America recognized the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan as the number one food bank in the nation with the Excellence in Food Banking Award.

The Food Bank has also been honored with six Model Program Awards from Feeding America for innovative programs in technology, distribution, fundraising, public relations and programs.

The excellent relationships established within the Food Bank’s 22-county service area and throughout the state has allowed for numerous programs and initiatives to help fight hunger.  Through the Store Pick-Up Program the Food Bank partners with ALDI, Kroger, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart to bring in over 5 million pounds of food including frozen meats, fresh produce and bakery items.  In response to the Flint Water Crisis, the Food Bank has distributed well over 25 million bottles of water and more than 1.5 million pounds of lead-mitigating foods within the City of Flint while maintaining food distribution quantities within the service area.

With the recent addition of the Hunger Solution Center, the Food Bank tripled the amount of volunteer space available for sorting and boxing food products.  A state-of-the-art production kitchen with the capacity to prepare more than 3,000 meals per day provides meals for HeadStart and other school feeding programs.  In the summer of 2016, the kitchen produced as many as 13,000 meals per week for summer feeding programs and the expanded HeadStart programs in Flint.

Today, the Food Bank provides over 25 million pounds of food, including more than 9 million pounds of fresh produce each year to those in need.  Working with more than 415 partner agencies consisting of local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries, the Food Bank network serves over 331,000 people in eastern Michigan who go hungry on a daily basis.

35 YEARS AND COUNTING

Generous support from the community has allowed the Food Bank to grow and respond to the increasing need for accessible food in many areas.  In 2015 over 8,350 volunteers worked for more than 65,450 hours to sort and package food for distribution to those in need.

OVER 25 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD EACH YEAR

As the amount of food distributed by the Food Bank continues to increase so does the nutritional quality of food offered.  In 2015, more than 9 million pounds of fresh produce was distributed along with healthy recipes so patrons could prepare the foods they were receiving.

OVER 415 PARTNER AGENCIES

The Food Bank’s network of over 415 partner agencies such as churches, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens serves more 331,000 people each year, including 71,942 children and 40,376 senior citizens, throughout a 22-county service area.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.
− Andrew Carnegie

Claude High

CHAIRMAN
Founder, Action Management Corporation

Julianne Princinsky

VICE CHAIRMAN
Retired, President, Baker College of Flint

John Matonich

TREASURER
Chief Executive Officer, ROWE Professional Services Co.

Alex Murray

SECRETARY
Retired, NALC, AFL-CIO

Edward Mitchell

Past Chairman
Retired, The Flint Journal

William E. Kerr

President, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

Dr. Nasir Ali

Founder & President, Advanced Urgent Care

Hon. F. Kay Behm

Probate Judge, Genesee County Probate Court

Antoine Burks

Director, Blue Hawk

Gary Drago

Owner, Drago’s Corvette

Christopher J. Flores

VP of Business Development, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center

Wen Hemingway

President, Baker College of Flint

Peggy Haw Jury

CFO, Michigan Association of CPAs

Dr. Paul Lafia

Cardiologist, Regional Cardiology Assoc, PLC

Steve Landaal

President, Landaal Packaging Systems

Elizabeth Latchana, Esq.

Attorney, Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap

Carolyn Nash

Retired, Executive Director, Genesee District Library

Greg Viener

Community President Flint, Huntington Bank

Mike Wright

UAW Rep/ Davison Fire Chief

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Your gift will aid in the efforts to relieve childhood hunger. Your donations in support of the program is the single best way to help the cause. You can also get involved with your local community schools and help bring the program to your local district. You may volunteer your services to help stuff backpacks during the school day.