Food insecurity is one of the most unfortunate facts of life in modern America, and it seems to affect more and more people every day. In southeast Michigan alone, more than 700,000 people are affected by hunger, and over 200,000 of them are children. Even if you and your family aren’t food insecure, hunger is a growing problem that affects our communities and our lives in many ways.

Luckily, there are people and organizations out there working to combat these rising numbers. Gleaners Community Food Bank, likely a familiar name to many of you in the Metro Detroit area, is a local organization that serves five counties in Southeastern Michigan that accepts food donations from retailers, farms, and food drives. This donated food is then redistributed through pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and more.

It’s a worthwhile service, and one that requires a lot of volunteer help. In the spirit of giving back to our community, TRAFFIC recently took a trip out to the Gleaners distribution center in Warren, Michigan to volunteer our time and help in preparing food for distribution.

On March 31, a group of volunteers drove out to Warren to help assemble packages of food for distribution through the various food banks and soup kitchens Gleaners supplies with needed food. During our time spent there we helped to pack more than 6,900 pounds of food that will be sent out where it is needed most.

With this and our other volunteer efforts, such as our bake sale for a local dog rescue and our planned upcoming events on Belle Isle, TRAFFIC wants to help give back to the community we call home, that has supported us through all stages of our growth.