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Help Patch Fight Hunger in Bloomfield

Starting today, you can purchase and donate food to the Gleaners Community Food Bank during Patch's virtual food drive. Our goal is to collect $10,000 through Nov. 17 to help feed the area's hungry families.

The statistics are grim, especially for children. One out of four Michigan children lives in a household with food insecurity, meaning they do not always know where their next meal is coming from.

In southeast Michigan, nearly 40 percent of more than 100,000 people receiving food assistance each week are children under age 18. Poor nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, has profound implications on a child’s physical and mental health, development, academic achievement and economic productivity.

Today, Michigan's 30 Patch sites, including Bloomfield Patch, launches an online food drive to raise $10,000 by Nov. 17 to feed area families. This is the first virtual food drive for the Gleaners Community Food Bank, and Patch is proud and honored to be their first partner.

Shop Gleaners' virtual grocery shelves. Click to get started!

Follow progress of Patch's fight against hunger. Click to watch donations grow!

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.

Starting next week on Patch, you can learn more about the challenges facing hungry children in our communities and meet local hunger heroes fighting to ensure that people have access to the food they need.

Please join Patch, Gleaners and food heroes in your community in the fight against hunger.

Get answers to frequently asked Virtual Food Drive questions.

Marcia Robovitsky November 02, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I just donated $50 to Gleaners Food Bank that will help feed the hungry children and families. I gave credit during the process to our great PATCH site, Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills. Art Aisner, our Patch editor, has given many of us the opportunity to express our views. I want to thank him and support his Patch in this virtual food drive. Please add your dollars to Gleaners and your thanks to Art Aisner for keeping our Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills community the best around.
Kelli Dade November 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This past weekend, Boy Scouts across our area left plastic donation bags at the homes of Bloomfield residents for our annual Scouting For Food can drive. This coming Saturday, those same Boy Scouts, including the Scouts of Troop 1005 at Christ Church Cranbrook, will be out walking through your neighborhoods and looking for those filled donation bags on your front porches and by your mailboxes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Canned and boxed goods (no glass jars, please) will be donated to Gleaners and Yad Ezra (Kosher items), for the greater benefit of our local families. It will be chilly, so you may not see their uniforms right away under their jackets and hoodies, but these boys will give up part of their weekends to gather and sort donations, so please be as generous as you can. Other Troops cover different parts of Bloomfield, but Troop 1005 will be at The Heathers and Fox Hills. If you live there, smile, wave, help us with a donation, and please drive carefully!
Art Aisner November 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Thanks Kelli! And feel free to keep us updated with your blog.

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