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Gleaners Community Food Bank, Inc.

Feeding people, nourishing lives

aka GCFB, Gleaners   |   Detroit, MI   |  http://www.gcfb.org

Mission

Gleaners Community Food Bank, with broad community support, takes an efficient, effective and innovative approach to helping solve hunger in Southeast Michigan. In collaboration with our member agencies, the Feeding America network, and our program partners, we provide millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to our community members in need. In so doing, Gleaners is committed to distributing nutritious, high-quality​ food. We reduce reliance on the emergency food system through education and advocacy. Gleaners adopts best practices and cost-effective systems and procedures to achieve the highest possible return on its resources. Gleaners fulfills its role with a sense of compassion and urgency while nourishing, sustaining and advancing hope in our community.

Ruling year info

1977

President

Mr. Gerald F Brisson

Main address

2131 Beaufait

Detroit, MI 48207 USA

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EIN

38-2156255

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Southeast Michigan alone, more than 600,000 people are food insecure, and within Gleaners' service area, more than 316,000 children receive free and reduced lunches at school, an indicator of potential food insecurity. Gleaners is a vital link between available food and our community members who need it most. Local and national producers have surplus food that may otherwise go to waste for lack of a way to safely and efficiently bring it to market. Human service agencies face tight budgets and increasing demand for services. Our expertise and facilities bring these valuable resources together to help ease the burdens of food insecurity to prevent toxic stress and reduce trade-offs preventing households from leading full and thriving lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Food Distribution

Support for our programs comes from a variety of sources. Gifts from Individuals, Grants from foundations, workplace giving campaigns, and corporate sponsorship and cause-related marketing are all sources from which we receive generous financial support. These funds are used to carry out our mission of feeding hungry people in southeast Michigan.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Years 2021 and 2020 reflect an influx of pandemic era donations support. As a trend, the overall output of meals provided is at an increasing trend for the organization.

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Gleaners Community Food Bank's goal is to achieve a healthy, hunger-free community by empowering the people we serve through education, advocacy, access, and community engagement; building strong, collaborative partnerships with others in the community who also win when hunger is solved; setting best practices; and cultivating and fostering an energizing and spirited workforce.

Gleaners knows that the sooner food security is addressed for households in need, the greater the benefit to those households and the community at large, as health and financial challenges become possible to resolve without additional help. Food security can be resolved at a relatively low cost but with a substantial return on investment, so Gleaners strives to accomplish food security earlier for households that need support. Families in food secure households have children who do better in school and adults who are employed longer, make more money and have lower health care costs.

Gleaners Community Food Bank is working to accomplish its goals through collaboration, efficient operations, education, and innovative solutions to achieve a hunger-free community in southeast Michigan.

To achieve an expanded role in the food security of the community, in addition to partnering with soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies, Gleaners is collaborating with health systems, major funders, retailers and other organizations.

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners serves five Southeast Michigan counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe. Gleaners provides food to more than 400 partner agencies, including schools, soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and others across the region, and supplements the efforts of those partners by offering direct service drive-up grocery distributions. In 2022, Gleaners distributed more than 47 million pounds of food to neighbors in need, including nearly 16 million pounds of fresh produce and 673,000 gallons of fresh milk. In 2022, Gleaners reached nearly 600,000 households through 1.5 million touchpoints. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 92 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.

Gleaners Community Food Bank provides food to more than 400 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan, distributing more than 47 million pounds of food through its partner network in 2022. On average, Gleaners distributes the equivalent of more than 107,000 meals each day and provides nourishing food to nearly 600,000 households.

Gleaners manages a variety of programs to meet community needs and obtain measurable results to inform future initiatives and services to the community. Examples include:

Traditional Partner Network
Gleaners provides food to more than 400 community partners, including schools, soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other agencies across the region. These collaborative partners are instrumental in helping identify concentrations of need, promote, and communicate the availability of distributions, provide volunteer support, and contribute to the ongoing management and improvement of the activity.

Community Mobiles
Gleaners operates over 20 community mobile food distributions, strategically located throughout our five-county service area to meet children, families, seniors, and others where they are, addressing the greatest areas of need. These sites, operating on a rotating basis five days per week, offer balanced nutrition – including fresh milk, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean protein, and shelf-stable items – with no appointment necessary, built on a “no contact” drive-through model.

School Food Mobiles
Gleaners’ School Food Mobile monthly program serves schools and Head Starts through more than 30 distribution sites, providing nutritious, healthy food to students and families. Each School Food Mobile visit supplies 50-75 families with over 35 pounds of food, including fresh milk, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein.

Senior Mobiles
Seniors face several unique barriers to accessing enough healthy food, including transportation and rising grocery costs on a fixed income. Gleaners is meeting seniors where they are by delivering nutritious food by the truckload to nine locations – including senior living complexes, co-ops, and activity centers – across Southeast Michigan.

Nutrition Education
Gleaners’ nutrition education team teaches members of the community how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals on a limited budget. This includes Cooking Matters courses, healthy recipes, and cooking demonstrations on Facebook Live.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Gleaners Community Food Bank, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Susan Hawkins

Henry Ford Health System

Term: 2024 - 2021


Board co-chair

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Term: 2021 - 2024

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data