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Mow Down Hunger campaign aims to provide 1 million meals to keep kids fed on the weekends


Did you know 300,000 kids in metro Detroit don’t get enough to eat on weekends?

That’s because they are out of school and don’t get the free or low-cost meals provided there during the weekdays.

Gleaners and Weingartz want to do something about that.

Between now and October 11, the metro Detroit family-owned and locally operated provider of outdoor power equipment lawn will partner with Gleaners for the 7th annual Mow Down Hunger campaign. Weingartz will match every donation and hopes to provide one million meals for those in need.

The one million meals goal is very doable. Last year the program provided 1.9 million meals.


Mow Down Hunger directly supports Gleaners programs that help provide nutritious meals on the weekends.

  • School Food Mobiles distribute frozen meat, fresh produce and other nutritious food to 75-100 households at their children’s schools. Gleaners expects to provide 60 monthly distributions of 30-35 pounds each, serving 8,000 families.
  • The BackPack program is a partnership with local schools to deliver backpacks on Fridays filled with nutritious food to children who rely on free or reduced-fee meals at school during the week. Each is filled with shelf stable milk, canned protein, canned fruit, canned vegetables, whole grain cereal or crackers. The backpacks are filled by school children who volunteer for Gleaners’ Kids Helping Kids® program, educating them about childhood hunger and nutrition.


“I am truly grateful for the Weingartz family’s longstanding commitment to solving child hunger in southeast Michigan,” says Gleaners President Gerry Brisson. “With their support, and the tremendous response that their generosity inspires from the community, Gleaners is able to nourish thousands of hungry children every month. Together we are giving these kids the nutritious food they need to succeed in school and in life, and improving the health of their families and neighborhoods.”


All Weingartz locations are accepting monetary and nonperishable food donations through October 11. Visit to view store hours and locations.

Donations can also be made online at or by calling 866-GLEANER (453-2637). You can also send a check payable to Gleaners Community Food Bank (P.O. Box 44050, Detroit, MI 48244-0050). Please include Mow Down Hunger on memo line of check to ensure matching contribution.

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