MGM Grand goes all-in, donating 14,000 pounds of food

The Detroit News

MGM Grand Detroit delivered 13,886 pounds of food Monday to Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit, which will provide more than 25,000 meals.

MGM Grand Detroit launched its "At the Heart of Hunger" campaign in 2013 to feed hungry people in Metro Detroit and increase its focus on corporate citizenship. Donations were up 35 percent compared to last year, MGM officials said.

"At a moment of critical need, our team members rose to the occasion and poured their hearts out. We couldn't be more grateful," said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, MGM Grand Detroit director of public affairs.

The company chose February for their annual initiative, knowing many nonprofits see a dip in donations during the post-holiday season.

Gleaners was short one million pounds of food at the end of last quarter on Dec. 31.

As of Monday, after financial donors offering a $50,000 match and other food donations came forward in recent months, Gleaners had collected about a half million pounds of donated food to make up for the gap, Anne Schenk, vice president of advancement at Gleaners, said.

"I'm so grateful for MGM Grand Detroit's longtime commitment in helping to feed our hungry neighbors," said Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners Community Food Bank. "More than 700,000 people in southeast Michigan are food insecure. Thanks to the generous support of MGM Grand Detroit and its employees, Gleaners can make sure thousands in our community get the food they need to get through a difficult time."

Gleaners provides the equivalent of nearly 77,000 meals per day.

The Detroit News