Since 1981, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has been providing food for our neighbors in need. As the food insecurity rates in Michigan have grown, so has the Food Bank. What started as a staff of three operating out of rented space now distributes more than 25 million pounds of food a year to over 400 partner agencies in 22 counties.
In 2008, the Thomas Landaal Food Recovery Center was constructed to aid in the Perishable Food Recovery Program with local grocery chains such as Kroger, Meijer, Walmart and Aldi. Then in 2015, the new Hunger Solution Center was opened which tripled thevolunteer space, allowed for fresh meal preparations onsite and increased community engagement in the mission to end hunger.
Fresh produce distributions have increased to more than 7.5 million pounds per year. The MIFBAN (Michigan Food Bank Access to Nutrition) program works with partner agencies to educate people on nutritious ways to prepare and enjoy the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables made available by the Food Bank.
Ninety-eight percent of all donations made to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan go directly to programs that support the mission to end hunger.
These growing programs include:
*Backpack program which weekend meals from over 6,000 kids in 134 schools.
*Head Start Meal program that serves over 48,000 meals per month.
*Mobile Pantry which had over 600 full truck distributions in 2014.
*Senior Box Program that provides more than 400 seniors with a monthly box of food.
This holiday season the Food Bank is also distributing Holiday Boxes to provide families with all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal as well as additional food to stock a pantry for about a week.