Adrian, Mich. – Several Adrian College students helped organize 17,700 meals for the Gleaners Food Bank of Detroit on Saturday, October 6 at Detroit Metropolitan United Methodist Church. The effort was part of “Hands4Detroit,” an intensive outreach focus sponsored by Detroit area United Methodist Churches.
The Adrian College team members were among 1,000 people who spread out to 20 ministry sites to paint houses, clean and improve playgrounds, sort clothing and pack food for distribution to local pantries.
“It was a day of energy and commitment,” said Adrian College Chaplain Christopher Momany. “Our team played a role in processing thousands of items.”
By the end of the day, several pallets were stacked with boxes of food, which were then distributed to locations throughout the city.
Hunger is one of the often-overlooked crises in America. According to Feeding America, in 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households. In working with “Hands4Detroit” Adrian College students gained an appreciation for the possibilities unlocked when many join to help make a difference.
“It was amazing to see how so many people across different backgrounds came out for this cause,” Sophomore Erica Steuwe said of the event.
The “Hands4Detroit” movement will gather again on October 5, 2013.