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Help Patch Fight Hunger in Dearborn

Starting today, you can purchase and donate food to the Gleaners Community Food Bank during a virtual food drive with Patch. Our goal is to collect $10,000 through Nov. 24.

The statistics are grim, especially for children. One out of four Michigan children lives in a household with food insecurity, meaning they do not always know where their next meal is coming from.

In southeast Michigan, nearly 40 percent of more than 100,000 people receiving food assistance each week are children under age 18. Poor nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, has profound implications on a child’s physical and mental health, development, academic achievement and economic productivity.

Patch is launching an online food drive to raise $10,000 by Nov. 24 to feed families in your area. This is the first virtual food drive for the Gleaners Community Food Bank, and Patch is proud and honored to be their first partner.

Shop Gleaners' virtual grocery shelves. Click to get started!

Follow progress of Patch's fight against hunger. Click to watch donations grow!

How can you help? Click the shopping link above and select items from the virtual grocery shelves. When you check out, be sure to select a Patch from the dropdown menu to ensure your donation is designated for that community. The donation totals will be updated every other day throughout the food drive so you can track your community's progress. Gleaners says each dollar donated provides three meals for hungry families.

Starting next week on Patch, you can learn more about the challenges facing hungry children in our communities and meet local hunger heroes fighting to ensure that people have access to the food they need.

Please join Patch, Gleaners and food heroes in your community in the fight against hunger.

Get answers to frequently asked Virtual Food Drive questions.

Marci November 01, 2012 at 11:31 PM
No matter what the situation our nation has 60% of our children wondering where the next meal will come from. It takes a village to raise a child, our villages can continue to turn heads and blame the govt or blame the parents. It is up to each of us to take responsibility and help those in need. It could be legitimate situations, a single mom with medical bills, a parent too proud to obtain food stamps, etc. Who are we to place blame on the children or veterens suffering. I support this and thank you Patch for having consciousness toward those in need.
cmg November 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I support this too, however, I'm sick of paying for my friend on food stamps and her kids getting free lunchs yet she's her and her family all have blackberrys and ipads. WTH! If you can't pay for food then you can't pay for that. And she doesn't work and cries about it all the time. Break down and get a job, stop thinking you're entitled to a $40,000 a year job and only working Sept - June so you can be with your kids. It's bs and I'm tired of it.
Silvio Davis November 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I think we should stay positive here people, do some take advantage of the 'food stamp system', yes but we don't have to be negative about something that is so positive. People with a food insecurity means they do not know where their next meal is coming from, not the few that get by on the system. That has nothing to do with this drive. No one is forcing you to participate in it or be a part of it. SO, that being said, Jessica I hope this works out well for you guys and if we can help out in anyway at Panera Cares, let me know : )
City of Dearborn November 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Panera and Panera Cares are already awesome partners in fighting hunger! I think that's a good example, actually: Can people take advantage of the generosity and get a free meal they don't need? Sure. But does it negate the fact that Panera is helping people who truly need it? Absolutely not.
Austin Walker November 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Sadly yes there are those that take advantage, but there is always a bad seed in every apple. Can't let it stand in the way of helping those in true need. I think this is a great project and look forward to getting involved. Regards, Austin Walker http://www.compassroseacademy.org/

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