Gleaners, Kroger team for food collection drives

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published January 5, 2018

 The Kroger Co. of Michigan and Gleaners Community Food Bank have partnered to hold food drives this month at various Kroger stores across southeastern Michigan.

The Kroger Co. of Michigan and Gleaners Community Food Bank have partnered to hold food drives this month at various Kroger stores across southeastern Michigan.

Photo provided by the Kroger Co. of Michigan

METRO DETROIT — Residents in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston and Monroe counties have the opportunity this month to help others in need.

The Kroger Co. of Michigan and Gleaners Community Food Bank have partnered to hold food drives throughout the month of January at 95 Kroger stores in metro Detroit.

Customers who shop at Kroger on certain weekends can donate nonperishable food items and personal hygiene items over the next few weeks. The collection events are part of the Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative to end hunger and food waste in communities Kroger serves by 2025.

Each participating Kroger store has been given a specific weekend for the drive, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Gleaners volunteers will greet shoppers inside the stores, distribute lists of the most needed foods and personal items, and collect customer food donations. Items donated in boxes, cans or plastic containers to prevent breakage during transport are recommended.

“This time of year, too many Michigan residents must decide whether to buy food or pay their bills,” Gleaners President Gerry Brisson said in a prepared statement. “Too often, families pay their bills first and have little money left to put food on their tables. Gleaners welcomes this opportunity to again work with Kroger customers to help feed hungry individuals and families this winter.”

Several stores in Wayne County — including Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe City — were slated to participate Jan. 6-7, after press time. Macomb County stores are set to participate Jan. 13-14. Oakland County stores are ready for food drives Jan. 20-21. Stores in Livingston, Monroe and Wayne counties will take part Jan. 27-28.

The following items have been requested: canned meats and fish, canned fruits, hearty soups, canned spaghetti, pasta, noodles, macaroni and rice, baby food and formula, cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, peanut butter and jelly, pancake and baking mixes, and nutritional supplement drinks.

Personal hygiene items needed include toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, shaving cream and disposable razors.

According to Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for the Kroger Co. of Michigan, Kroger customers have been generous in the past and will continue to support the efforts of the campaign.

The annual food drive began in January 2012. The food and personal hygiene items are distributed to approximately 500 partner agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, schools and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan.

“These donations provide the much-needed support for families and individuals who are struggling through a tough month of extremely cold weather and will help fill shelves of those who are struggling to pay their heating bills or put food on the table,” Hurst said in an email. “Those that receive these donations are extremely grateful for the peace of mind that they provide and appreciate knowing that their own community is helping.

“In addition, we have pre-filled bags of food for only $5 and $10 called From Hearts to Homes,” Hurst said. “It is an easy way for our customers and communities to stop in and not have to shop around for items. They simply just take a bag, scan it and pay.”

During the food drive, customers also can round up their bill to the nearest dollar to benefit a local food bank.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the drive.

“We welcome adults, children, student groups and anyone else who would like to participate,” Hurst said.

Those interested can register online at or call (313) 923-3535, ext. 245.

Gleaners, headquartered in Detroit, operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, and provides food to 499 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan.


Gleaners collections at Macomb County Krogers — Jan. 13-14

New Baltimore
• 35000 23 Mile Road

Macomb Township
• 16450 26 Mile Road
• 21555 21 Mile Road

Clinton Township
• 41941 Garfield Road

Harrison Township
• 26300 Crocker Blvd.

Sterling Heights
• 2260 18 Mile Road
• 43893 Schoenherr Road

• 26130 Gratiot Ave.
• 20891 E. 13 Mile Road
• 30851 Gratiot Ave.

St. Clair Shores
• 22332 E. Nine Mile Road
• 23191 Marter Road

Washington Township
• 64660 Van Dyke Ave.

Shelby Township
• 2058 25 Mile Road
• 7644 26 Mile Road
• 14945 23 Mile Road

• 13700 14 Mile Road
• 26233 Hoover Road
• 28250 Dequindre Road


Gleaners collections at Oakland County Krogers — Jan. 20-21
• 685 E. Maple Road

Bloomfield Hills
• 3600 W. Maple Road
• 4099 Telegraph Road

Commerce Township
• 2905 Union Lake Road
• 39950 W. 14 Mile Road

• 25780 Middlebelt Road

Farmington Hills
• 37550 12 Mile Road

• 8920 W. Eight Mile Road

Hazel Park
• 23101 John R Road

Oakland Township
• 4888 Adams Road

Orchard Lake
• 4395 Orchard Lake Road

Orion Township
• 460 N. Lapeer Road
• 3097 Baldwin Road

Rochester Hills
• 65 S. Livernois Road

Royal Oak
• 2200 E. 12 Mile Road

• 31 E. Long Lake Road
• 1237 N. Coolidge Highway
• 2105 South Blvd. W.
• 3125 John R Road

• 19855 12 Mile Road
• 23675 Greenfield Road

• 5111 Highland Road