Here’s some good news for low-income school kids who need nutritious meals.
The Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan was awarded a $50,000 grant last week from the Morgan Stanley Foundation.
The grant will help fund the School Food Mobile Pantry program, a Gleaners program that helps fight child hunger by making sure low-income families have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home.
Morgan Stanley employees from Detroit-area branches presented the check and volunteered at Gleaners’ Pontiac warehouse as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, a full day of activities across the globe to help the fight against childhood hunger.
The Foundation is awarding a total of $750,000 in grants this month to food banks across the country. Employees from the firm volunteered in 40 different locations, including Detroit to pack and sort food in preparation for the summer.
Nationally, the program helps nearly 300,000 children who typically receive reduced and free lunches through school who lose access to nutrition over the summer months.
Through its partnership with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, the Foundation has given more than $21 million to help launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs including summer feeding programs.