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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, fights hunger in southeastern 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 people in need. In so doing, Gleaners is committed to distributing nutritional, high-quality​ food. Through education and advocacy, we will reduce reliance on the emergency food system. Gleaners adopts best practices and cost effective systems and procedures to achieve the highest possible return on its human and financial 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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Southeast Michigan alone, more than 614,000 people are food insecure, and within Gleaners' service area, more than 146,000 children are food insecure. Of the people Gleaners serves, 47% are employed and 40% are children. Gleaners is a vital link between available food and those 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 problem of hunger.

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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 528 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other agencies throughout southeast Michigan. In 2018, Gleaners distributed more than 43 million pounds of food to neighbors in need, and on average, Gleaners distributes 96,000 meals each day, including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 171,000 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.

Gleaners Community Food Bank provides food to 528 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan, distributing more than 43 million pounds of food through its partner network in 2018. On average, Gleaners distributes the equivalent of 96,348 meals each day and provides nourishing food to nearly 430,000 hungry neighbors.

To date, Gleaners has launched new programs to meet community needs and obtain measurable results to inform future programs and services to the community. Examples include:

Best Food Forward - An initiative that aims to improve the way kids learn, engage and eat at school by taking a holistic family approach to making healthy food more accessible.

Henry's Groceries – As part of recovery from hospital stays, this partnership with Henry Ford Health System provides food security, leading to better health outcomes. Participants of the Henry’s Groceries pilot program with Henry Ford Health System reported feeling better and healthier, showing weight loss, improved blood pressure and enhanced mental health. In fact, 95% reported the food packages provided through the program met their needs. In the project pilot, approximately 300 individuals were reached, receiving 2 boxes of food per month for 12 months, valued at $18 per box, the per patient value was $432 in addition the savings in “health cost.”

MILK Movement – Providing fresh milk to children and families, a top client request but least donated item, via retail and dairy partners.
Gleaners leveraged partnerships to distribute donated and purchased milk more widely through its network. Gleaners has increased the amount of milk and fresh fruits and vegetables it distributed to meet client requests. In the past 5 years, that means going from distributing zero gallons of milk to 158,000 gallons in 2018. Of the 43 million pounds of food distributed, 18.7 million pounds were fresh produce.

My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery – Fresh, high-quality food delivered to low-income apartment locations, where it is sold in a weekly “pop up” store so individuals with low mobility have access to healthier, less expensive options. My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery customers have realized more than $415,000 of retail economic benefit through its ability to offer quality food at lower prices than other retail vendors. Shoppers can get healthy meals they like to eat at a lower cost. Overall, My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery shoppers secure 40% more value of products purchased from this pop-up than a box retailer.

Cooking Matters - An education program teaching participants how to cook low cost meals with quality ingredients. Gleaners has helped families stretch their budgets further, graduating 5,655 Cooking Matters program participants, allowing them to save an average of $260 a year, equating to more than $1.47 million in economic benefit to households.

Financials

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Gleaners Community Food Bank, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Susan Hawkins

Henry Ford Health System

Term: 2024 - 2021


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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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