Carrots for a Cause: Our day at the Gleaners Food Bank

 You don’t think about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a food bank until you roll up your sleeves and help. That’s what the Center team and our loved ones did on Saturday September 21 at the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. When we showed up at the Warren Distribution Center, many of us had no idea that we would work up a sweat and leave feeling so satisfied.

We separated into 2 groups, one packing 4-pound bags of carrots (the bags had to be exactly 4 pounds or Jen Hackmann’s astute 10-year-old daughter Jadyn would send you back to the bin to make your corrections). The other group helped in the packaged food assembly line putting together large bags of non-perishable goods to be handed out to families in need. 

The Center’s Jen Hackmann said pitching in gave her a sense of balance. “It’s personally rewarding to do these types of activities with my work and home families together.  I also really enjoy spending time with co-workers outside of the everyday work environment and getting to know the important people in their lives.”

Anyone interested in sending personal donations or finding out how to volunteer their time for Gleaners Community Food Bank can find out more at