Gleaners to hold food drives at Kroger stores

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published January 4, 2019

 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.

File photo provided by the Kroger Co. of Michigan

METRO DETROIT — The Kroger Co. of Michigan and Gleaners Community Food Bank have once again teamed up to fight hunger this winter.

Food drives are scheduled at various Kroger stores in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston and Monroe counties each Saturday — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — and Sunday — from noon to 6 p.m. — in January.

Collection events are scheduled in the following counties on the dates listed: Jan. 12-13 in Macomb County, Jan. 19-20 in Oakland County, and Jan. 26-27 in Livingston, Monroe and Wayne counties.

Kroger customers can contribute nonperishable food items, monetary donations or purchase a $5 or $10 “From Hearts to Homes” grocery bag inside the store for donation, which is pre-filled with needed items.

Items requested include canned meats and fish, canned fruits, meat and hearty soups, canned spaghetti, pasta, noodles, macaroni and rice, soap and shampoo, and other personal care items.

The food collection effort is part of Kroger’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste plan to end hunger in local communities by 2025.

A press release from the Kroger Co. of Michigan states that more than 650,000 people will face hunger this year in southeast Michigan.

“As we approach the heart of winter, many Michigan residents must decide whether to buy food or pay their bills,” Gleaners President and CEO Gerry Brisson said. “Too often, families pay their bills first and have little money left to buy food. Gleaners appreciates this opportunity to team with Kroger customers once again to help feed hungry friends and neighbors this winter.”

Gleaners volunteers will greet shoppers inside Kroger store vestibules, distribute lists of needed nutritious foods and personal items, and collects customer donations. Gleaners asks that customers donate items in boxes, cans or plastic containers to prevent breakage during transport.

“The food and personal items Gleaners collect will make a difference to people in need right here in southeast Michigan,” said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager of the Kroger Co. of Michigan. “Our Kroger customers so willingly give year after year, and we feel sure they will enthusiastically support this collection effort to help end hunger in local neighborhoods.”

This marks the eighth year that Kroger and Gleaners have held collection events in January to battle hunger.

To find a Kroger near you that’s participating, visit www.gcfb.org.