Higher Hopes in Commerce Township has announced its food program will now run year-round thanks to contributions from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.
The program will provide 1,000 meal kits each month for 11 months of the year and 1,000 food kits that each feed 12-15 people at Thanksgiving. It will provide more than 400,000 pounds of food in 2019, bringing the organization’s total in six years to more than 1 million pounds of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, milk, canned goods, snacks, and more.
“It is incredible to grasp the amount of food we are providing to very poor families this year,” says Bill Birndorf, founder of Higher Hopes. “In all, Higher Hopes will distribute 12,000 meal kits to the families in the city, which is more than 200,000 healthy meals.
“We receive support from many well-known companies, organizations, and individuals, including The Coca-Cola Co., Cooper Street Cookies, Chelsea Milling Co., Costco, MJS Packaging, Levine and Sons, the Dresner Foundation, The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation, and The Carls Foundation, to name but a few. Receiving these kits frees up much needed money to pay other bills and buy clothes and other needed items.”
Food is given away through the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Program in Detroit. A full list of distribution sites and more information is available here.
“The Order of the Fishermen Ministry Head Start Program, in partnership with Higher Hopes and Gleaners Food Bank, has and continues to touch the lives of several hundred families with children living in the city of Detroit over the past five years,” says Tonia Franks, assistant director at The Order of the Fishermen Ministry Head Start Program. “If children arrive at school hungry, they often fail to thrive in their physical, social, and emotional development, which is a deterrent to our mission.”
Higher Hopes was founded by Birndorf in 2014 and is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.