Gleaners, Kroger, Charter One kick off food drive November 19 in Taylor

Charter One, Kroger and Gleaners Community Food Bank will join together to kick off "Carving Out Hunger and Hunger Knows No Season" from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, November 19, at the Taylor Kroger store at 7000 Monroe.

Together - with the community’s help – hungry people will be nourished this holiday season in Southeast Michigan.
 
In addition to the launch, Kroger will have SAMs (Store And Move) units in 12 parking lots of participating locations. This allows customers to donate food or cash on location seven days a week.

The 2007 Drive to Cure Hunger Here also begins runs until December 9. Volunteers will be at all locations to collect donations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. In addition, Kroger shoppers will be able to contribute to help feed their hungry neighbors in the Hunger Knows No Season program by making a donation to their grocery bill at the checkout counter.
 
Gleaners estimates it will take 3.5 million pounds of food to feed our hungry neighbors through year-end. Carving out Hunger is an initiative to increase the awareness of hunger and to help thousands of children, seniors and families of Southeast Michigan.

Charter One Foundation has started the clock by donating 40 tons of poultry to Gleaners’ 400 partner agencies. The turkeys handed out will feed more than 30,000 individuals and are used to prepare more than 80,000 meals.
 
The fight against hunger is more critical than ever. In Michigan alone, one out of 10 people seek food assistance – and nearly one-third of those served are children. Carving out Hunger and Hunger Knows No Season will raise awareness while bringing compassion to those in need.
 
Special guests attending the launch to make a fun and interesting morning include the Harry S Truman High School Marching Band from Taylor, the Taylor Fire Department, Taylor Community Development Director Susan Miller-Anderson and Taylor Connection coordinator Jeffery Durr from the City of Taylor, the Taylor Community Chorus and Carey Ann the Clown.

Coca-Cola has donated Red Wings tickets and anyone donating food or cash of $25 or more will be entered into a drawing to win the tickets. Red Wings tickets will be available at each location and on-line.
 
Gleaners Community Food Bank is the third-oldest food bank in the United States. Gleaners secures and distributes food to more than 400 local non-profit agencies that feed people in need, including soup kitchens or food pantries. Since 1977, Gleaners has grown to distributing nearly 25 million pounds annually -- the equivalent of 65,000 meals per day.