Big red noses may scare some people, but they meant 32,970 meals to those who are hungry in metro Detroit.
The Red Nose Day Fund has given Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) a $10,990 grant to help distribute food through its Food Mobile Pantry Program. The grant allows Gleaners to provide 32,970 meals to hungry neighbors through mobile food pantry distributions at 12 schools in Southeast Michigan.
What started in April 2011 with only five schools participating has grown to 78 school sites in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne, Monroe and Macomb Counties. These centers act as necessary lines to people who would otherwise not have access to vital nutrients. Each distribution provides 75 to 100 families with up to 30 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and other nutritious food.
“This food assistance program is a lifeline in our community,” says Jocelyn Sexton from Detroit’s Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts. “We love the comradery this opportunity affords us, in that we get to service our school families in a tangible way. It has helped us build a bridge of trust with our surrounding neighborhood and our families love the variety of food.”
In real world numbers, the money from the Red Nose Day Grant and the grant has brought real change to 1,100 low-income students and their family members through the School Food Mobile Pantry Program.
Funds raised through Red Nose Day support nonprofits that work to lift children out of poverty. Red Nose Day selected Feeding America as one of its domestic partners. Gleaners is a member of Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks.
The holiday season of giving may be close to the end, but its spirit has not left the Detroit area … and neither has the outcome.