The second annual Two Men and a Truck Movers for Meals Program parnered with more than 50 schools and churches around the state to collect more than 500 pounds of food this holiday season, including three Brighton locations: Maple Tree Montessori, Rainbow Child Care and the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton.
All non-perishable food items were donated to Gleaners Food Bank.
Jeff Scott of Two Men and a Truck said the company first came up with the idea while looking for something to compliment its spring campaign, Movers for Moms.
"We specifically target women in shelters during the mothers day holiday," he said. "We wanted something to piggy back on that for the fall. So we thought the best thing following our core values to give back to the community, with the holidays coming up, we should be looking at the food banks. So that's how we came up with Movers for Meals."
According to the Food Bank Council of Michigan, the number of families classified as “food insecure” makes up 13 percent of Michigan households. “Food insecure” families are classified by the United States Department of Agriculture as having difficulty consistently getting the food they need for an active and healthy life.
Scott said that this year's campaign has collected quite a bit more food than last year's.
"Last year was our first year, so our donations were a little bit scattered," Scott said. "People weren't aware of it at that time. Now we've had the opportunity to get the word out and team up with some really great assistance from more locations. And they did an outstanding job making collections. It was really great."
Scott said that Livingston County does a great job getting behind Two Men and a Truck's campaigns for the community.
Still looking to donate to Gleaners? Try giving through their virtual food drive.
Patch.com, through its 30 Michigan sites, has teamed up with Gleaners to help. This is the first virtual food drive for the Gleaners Community Food Bank, and Patch is proud and honored to be their first partner. Saturday is the last day to donate.
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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 drop down menu to ensure your donation is designated for that community. Gleaners says each dollar donated provides three meals for hungry families.