Information about Hunger in Livingston County and Gleaners Community Foodbank of Livingston

As of January 1, 2002, Livingston Community Food Bank merged with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Detroit. Since 1977, Gleaners has been feeding hungry people by soliciting and storing surDetroit. Since 1977, Gleaners has been feeding hungry people by soliciting and storing surplus food and personal care products and distributing them to the needy through its member agencies.

Hunger does not discriminate. Children, the elderly, the homeless, the unemployed, the employed, black, white and Hispanic are all affected by the need for food. City officials note that the primary causes of hunger are low-paying jobs, unemployment or other employment-related problems, mental health problems, and substance abuse problems. Surprisingly, 40 percent of households receiving Gleaners' food include at least one employed adult. But sadly, 76 percent of those receiving food have incomes below the official federal poverty level, and thus have difficulty stretching their limited income to cover food, clothing, medical care, transportation, and housing costs.

Gleaners Community Food Bank of Livingston leases a 6,000 square foot warehouse on Old U.S. 23 in Brighton. The main warehouse in Detroit is 90,000 square feet and gives us access to fresh produce and a tremendous variety of food to distribute in Livingston County. Gleaners ships approximately 1 million pounds of food a year to those in need in Livingston County

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