Join the Hunger Free Summer Food Fight (We are!)
When the final bell rings — marking the end of the school year — nearly 300,000 southeast Michigan children lose access to school-provided meals and for some students that lunch they wait in line for each day, could have been their only meal of the day. Hard to imagine.
That’s why Gleaners Community Food Bank is working hard to ensure that no child goes hungry. This year marks the 23rd Annual Hunger Free Summer Food Fight from Monday, July 17th through Friday, July 28th, 2017.
Donate – Mike Staff Productions will match it!
You can help to provide summer meals for these children by participating in The Hunger Free Summer Food Fight, an annual food and fund collection in which organizations throughout southeastern Michigan compete against teams within their division to raise the most meals.
Mike Staff Productions is teaming up with Gleaners this summer to provide as many meals as possible. Giving back is in our company’s DNA — so we are pledging to match any cash or food donation that anyone gives through Mike Staff Productions! For example: a $1 in donation will provide 12 meals, as opposed to 6! Talk about doubling down!
Make sure you select ‘Mike Staff Productions’ as your TEAM before you donate!
Clear Out Your Pantry
We’re even stepping things up a notch — have any nonperishable food you’d like to donate? Swing by our office to drop of food donations in one our two collection boxes.
With your help, Gleaners will provide two million meals to children while school is out.
The Need: Child Hunger in Michigan
According to Kids Count in Michigan, 2016:
- More than 338,000 children in Michigan live in households that were food insecure at some point during the year
- Nearly 300,000 school-aged children in southeast Michigan are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. To be eligible for reduced-priced lunches, kids must live at 185 percent of poverty, or about $44,000 a year for a family of four. To receive free lunches, kids must live at 130 percent of poverty, or about $31,000 for a family of four.
- Nearly one in four Michigan children (22%) live in poverty, with household incomes under $24,036 for a family of four.
- More than half (58%) of Detroit’s children live in poverty
Developmental & Educational Impact:
- Children who are food insecure may be at higher risk for chronic health conditions, such as anemia and asthma.
- Children who are food insecure may have more frequent instances of oral health problems.
- In school, children who are food insecure may experience increases in an array of behavior problems including: fighting, hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, mood swings and bullying
- Children who experience hunger early in life were more likely to have lower reading and math scores than similar low-income children who didn’t experience food insecurity.