Mount Clemens, Oakland University partner for food drive

Goal is to collect 4,000 pounds

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 8, 2019

 Mount Clemens employees work at a food drop-off location for the communitywide food drive. This year’s goal is to collect 4,000 pounds of donations.

Mount Clemens employees work at a food drop-off location for the communitywide food drive. This year’s goal is to collect 4,000 pounds of donations.

Photo provided by Brian Bouwman


MOUNT CLEMENS — ’Tis the season for community outreach to aid those in need.

In Mount Clemens, that means a communitywide food drive benefiting the Macomb Food Program. Donations are being accepted Nov. 11-21.

The city of Mount Clemens and the Oakland University Anton/Frankel Center are teaming up with a goal of collecting 4,000 pounds of food to help those in need this holiday season.

Nonperishable and canned food donations will be accepted.  

This is the second year that OU is teaming up with Mount Clemens for the food drive. Prior to that, OU had its own drive, also benefiting the Macomb Food Program.

“It makes the whole community feel like they’re a part of it, (as) opposed to just Oakland University reaching out,” said Oakland University Macomb Outreach Director of Enrollment and Community Engagement Brian Bouwman. “It’s a way of getting inclusive with Mount Clemens.”  

He thinks that by donating, it sends a positive message this time of year.

“Too often we hear about the negative things happening in society, and this is a way of turning that around and making it positive,” Bouwman said. “There are people in need of food and the more you give, it’s going to make you feel good.”

His message of thanks to donors is that they are making a huge difference to an important cause.

“During this time of year, there’s so many different programs you can donate to, and we think feeding the hungry is one of the basic human rights we have,” Bouwman said.

OU will accept nonperishable and canned food donations at the Anton/Frankel Center at 20 S. Main St. in Mount Clemens, and at its Macomb University Center location at 44575 Garfield Road, Suite 103, in Clinton Township.

Food donations can be made during the 44th annual Macomb County Santa Parade on Saturday, Nov. 23, and at the following Mount Clemens locations until Nov. 20: Ardis Music, Champagne Chocolates, the Mount Clemens Mayor’s Office, Gus’ Coney Island, Gumbo’s, the Macomb County Health Department, Mae’s Breakfast & Lunch, O’Halloran’s Public House and Hall, Paperback Writer Books, Printing by Johnson, Bill Visnaw’s Styling Barber Shop, and Weirdsville Records.

“The donated food is sorted here in the warehouse and is then provided to our pantry partners,” said Macomb Food Program Manager Shannon Mallory.  

Last year, 3,838 pounds of food was donated, over three times what was collected in 2017. Nearly 400 pounds was donated in 2016.

“Your generosity allows the Macomb Food Program to continue to make feeding the hungry in Macomb County a reality,” Mallory said. “Thank you for your donation and your generous support of our mission to feed the hungry in Macomb County.”

Since 1975, the Macomb Food Program has worked with a network of more than 50 pantries and hunger relief organizations to collect and provide food for residents in need.

To learn more about how to get involved, email Bouwman at