The Weingartz family, who live in Shelby Township and own five outdoor power equipment stores in Michigan, are working to help Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan feed hungry children in Michigan through the "Mow Down Hunger" campaign.
"Our family has long supported programs that provide for people in the community who are hungry," Weingartz President Dan Weingartz said. "Four years ago, when Weingartz stepped in as the Mow Down Hunger matching sponsor, we were excited to see how our customers, and especially employees, embraced the campaign."
Mow Down Hunger campaign proceeds will support Gleaners’ BackPack and Mobile Pantry programs. The BackPack program distributes backpacks filled with nutritious food for the weekend. Each Mobile Pantry distribution provides approximately 200 households with 50 pounds of nonperishable food, produce and protein.
Last year, the Mow Down Hunger campaign raised over $310,000, providing nearly 1 million meals to feed hungry children.
Weingartz wants to raise 1 million meals between Sept. 16 and Oct. 17, 2013, and will match all donations to reach that goal.
Donations can be made one of four ways:
- Call: 855-315-FOOD (3663)
- Text: “EAT” to 85944 (a $10 donation will automatically be added to donor’s phone bill)
- Online: Visit mowdownhunger.com
- Mail: Make check payable to Gleaners Community Food Bank (memo: Mow Down Hunger) P.O. Box 1380, Troy, MI 48099-1380
All Weingartz locations are accepting non-perishable food donations through Oct. 17. The Utica location can be found at 46061 Van Dyke Ave. Call (586) 731-7240 for hours and store information.