Gleaner's Community Food Bank

Contact


Gleaner's Community Food Bank
25670 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180

Phone: 313-923-3535

Profile Description


Food Distribution


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.

Gleaners collects, inventories, repacks and distributes many millions of pounds of food for more than 550 local partners. These agencies pick up food from Gleaners in convenient amounts for use in serving meals, preparing food packages, and stocking food pantries.

Member agencies count on Gleaners as a reliable source of dry food like pasta and cereal, canned food, fresh or frozen meats and produce, even sundries like paper towels and cleaning supplies.

Programs


Gleaners also distributes food directly through several programs that reach children at risk of hunger: the school mobile pantry program, BackPack program and Smart Bites program.

Storage & Distribution


Gleaners has developed efficient, reliable methods for handling a tremendous volume of all kinds of food (view the basic flow of how Gleaners collects and distributes food to our hungry neighbors).

Five 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.

Government Programs


As our economy continues to struggle, we are seeing more people fall into poverty, which translates to more demand for emergency food. Gleaners provides a small but critical amount of the food people need. Government programs, like food stamps and the free lunch program for low-income students, provide even more relief for people who are hungry.

Therefore, in addition to our food distribution, Gleaners is working with the Department of Human Services, our partner agencies, the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and other partners to enroll southeast Michigan residents in the programs for which they qualify.

For example, we're doing outreach to increase food stamp usage, which will feed more people and help stimulate our economy. We're also encouraging schools to stay open during the summer so kids can participate in the summer lunch program, which is paid for by the USDA.

To learn more about government food programs, please visit the Department of Human Services Food Assistance page on the State of Michigan website.