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By Renee Summers
Telegram Reporter 

Gleaners Community Food Bank Distributes Hope and Help


Gleaners and its volunteers serve hungry residents in five southeast Michigan counties.

ounded in 1977, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been helping to feed the hungry in metro Detroit. Gleaners accomplishes this by soliciting surplus food from grocers, local gardens, and manufacturers, then by sorting and storing it, and finally, distributing it to 534 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in five southeast Michigan counties. The organization believes hunger can be solved.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent statewide stay home order and job losses, Gleaners has maintained its course in distributing food to hungry communities. In April alone, the organizationserved more than 75,000 new households, up 30 percent from this same time last year. Gleaners is currently expanding its food distribution efforts. Below, find a list of distribution locations. It is suggested if you plan on attending, ensure the location is still valid by contacting the distribution site first.

In Ecorse, Gleaners will be distributing food at the Kennedy Building/Central Office of Ecorse Public Schools, located at 27225 West Outer Drive on Thursdays, June 4 and 18, from 12 to 3 p.m.

In Inkster, Gleaners will be at the Inkster Head Start/Starfish Family Services, located at 30000 Hively, on Friday, May 26 and Friday, June 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. Starfish can be reached at 734-728-3400.

In Melvindale, Gleaners will be distributing food at St. Mary Magdelen Catholic Church, located at 19624 Wood Street, on Tuesdays, June 9 and 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The church number is 313-381-8566.

In River Rouge, Gleaners will be at the Guidance Center's Walter White Resource Center, located at 550 Eaton on Friday, May 29, Fridays, June 12 and 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Walter White Center can be reached at 313-294-6276.

In Romulus, Gleaners will be at Cory Elementary School, located at 35200 Smith Road, on Wednesdays, June 3 and 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Gleaners Food Banks have stepped up to meet the challenges COVID-19 brought to Michigan.

Gleaners will provide two locations in Westland. Food distribution at the Jefferson Barns Community Center, located at 32150 Dorsey, will be on Mondays, June 1 and 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Jefferson Barns number is 734-595-0288. Distribution at Burning Bush International Ministries, located at 30355 Annapolis, will be Mondays, June 8 and 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burning Bush Ministries can be reached at 734-487-7054.

In Wyandotte, Gleaners will distribute food at Yack Arena, located at 3131 3rd Street, on Fridays, June 5 and 19, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Yack Arena can be reached at 734-324-7290.

For more information see Gleaner's website at or call 1-866-453-2637.To find additional food distribution locations go to


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