Aramco Americas, with a research center in Novi, is helping hungry families and addressing food shortages in communities where it operates, through donations to five food banks nationwide. The donations will provide more than 2.6 million meals to those in need in Houston, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Detroit. The total value of the donations is $800,000.
Gleaners Community Food Bank (Detroit)
According to The Food Bank Council of Michigan, the association for the seven Feeding America food banks serving Michigan’s 83 counties, food distribution is up 40 percent over the same time last year, with expectations to continue at an increased level through the summer. Because of Gleaners’ distribution efficiencies, every dollar is able to provide three meals to the community. Aramco’s $100,000 donation will provide 300,000 meals to children, families, seniors and other vulnerable populations in sudden need.
Prior to additional pandemic needs within the community, Gleaners had already been in the process of expanding programs and partnerships in anticipation of growth to meet pre-COVID-19 community needs. Its innovative programs and community outreach earned it the Feeding America's 2019 Food Bank of the Year award.
“Food security, having access to enough food, is a concept that doesn’t just benefit the individuals and families who receive the support, it benefits an entire community - business included,” said Gerry Brisson, President & CEO Gleaners Community Food Bank. “Corporate support during important times like these, from companies like Aramco, help us ensure our hungry neighbors have one less worry, as they know where their next meals will come from.”
Gleaners staff estimate the number of people to be food insecure in the region was more than 610,000 prior to the crisis, but with more than 175,000 residents in Southeast Michigan considered unemployed, that number has increased.