During the season of giving, food and essentials provided to 4,400 Michigan families
Detroit, – The Magic Johnson Foundation and Feed the Children, along with several corporate partners, recently provided 4,400 Detroit, Flint and Lansing, Michigan families with food, essentials, toys and more. The three-day Holiday Hope event presented by UnitedHealthcare featured volunteers who came together to serve families in Detroit at Second Ebenezer Church, in Flint at Flint Northwestern High School, and in Lansing at Everett High School.
This is the fourth year the Magic Johnson Foundation and Feed the Children have joined together to bring support to Michigan-area families in need during the season of giving.
Each pre-identified family received a 25-pound box of food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and mac ‘n cheese; a 15-pound box of essentials that included personal care items such as lotion, shampoo and conditioner; and a box of Avon essentials. Thanks to supporting sponsors such as, Clif Bar, Macy’s/Clothes4Souls, Hirzel Canning Co., Disney, First Book, Post Cereal, Nestle/Gerber, Power Crunch, Just Born, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Quaker, SodexoMagic, MGM Grand Detroit, Crowne Pointe Plaza Lansing, Equitrust, Cigna, Mattel, Popeyes, Denny’s, FedEx, Alba, and Jakks Pacific , families also received children’s books, brand new children’s coats, turkeys, chicken, baby food, plush toys and additional food products.
“Since 2014, Holiday Hope has served nearly 30,000 Michigan residents with over $2 million worth of food, turkeys, toys, coats and personal-care items,” said Johnson, founder of Magic Johnson Foundation and Michigan native. “UnitedHealthcare and other community partners have joined us in bringing hope and cheer to Michigan communities. I couldn’t enjoy the holidays without providing some help to families in the state where I grew up.”
This event is a part of Feed the Children’s No Hunger Holidays. This is an initiative to feed thousands of families in need across the U.S. during the season of giving. The event is one of many Feed the Children has planned to defeat childhood hunger.
“We’re proud to partner with the Magic Johnson Foundation,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “We’re honored to help Michigan families by providing hope and resources during the holidays. When we combine our efforts, we have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most—right here in America.”
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.