Detroit Auto Company Donates $10K To Gleaners Food Bank
DETROIT – A Detroit auto service company recently raised $ 10,000 and donated it to Detroit’s Gleaners Food Bank to help fund meals for families in southeast Michigan in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ziebart, a 60-year-old vehicle company based in Metro Detroit, raised the money between October and December 2020 through 50/50 sweepstakes, silent auctions, and other fundraising drives.
“At a time when so many of our neighbors are struggling and wondering where their next meals might be coming from, Gleaners is grateful for such generous donations as Ziebart’s that directly affect our ability to meet these urgent needs” said Stacy Averill, VP of Community Giving and PR at Gleaners.
Ziebart officials said the Detroit-based team pledged to give back to the community in 2020, which sparked fundraisers.
“Supporting causes that are important to our employees is a big part of our corporate culture. Every quarter we choose a different charity or organization to support,” Thomas Wolfe, President and CEO of Ziebart, told Patch. “We knew we wanted to find an organization that would support the local families hardest hit by the pandemic. With children no longer being fed at school and parents losing their income, we have chosen Gleaners to partner with our neighbors support.”
For every dollar donated to Gleaners, $ 0.92 goes directly to food and programming. The grocery bank supplies more than 150,000 households in the Detroit area each month.
Officials said demand in the Metro Detroit area has increased in the face of the pandemic.
“Before the pandemic, Gleaners were handing out an average of 3.5 to 4 million pounds of food a month, and now we are delivering nearly 7 million pounds a month on average,” Averill told Patch. “Hunger is reaching the tables of families, children, seniors and others who have never needed help. Many did not know where to turn. We have expanded and adapted our programs to reach more people where they are and with the food they want and need. “
More than £ 22 million of fresh produce has been donated to those in need since March, and over 97,000 seniors, veterans and families are affected by the organization’s emergency response measures, according to nonprofits.
Wolfe said that it only makes sense for Ziebart to give something back locally, as the community has always supported the company.
“Given the unprecedented difficulties in 2020, it was our responsibility to support the families around us,” he said. “We wanted to do our part because it was the right thing to do. Working with other local organizations gives hope and raises the mood throughout the community.”