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Homelessness and hunger are problems many Detroit residents must deal with day in and day out. That's why the Eastern Michigan Division of The Salvation Army is proud to run the Bed & Bread Club. We're dedicated to feeding the hungry residents of Detroit who are unable to make it to a soup kitchen and providing overnight shelter for those residents who have no place to sleep.
Thanks to the support of our incredible donors and corporate sponsors, we are able to serve more than 1.3 million meals and provide more than 111,000 nights of shelter to those in need throughout the year. However, hunger and homelessness still persist in our community. Your continued support can help us provide more. Consider joining the Bed & Bread Club for just $10/month or a $120 donation and help us continue to feed and shelter our neighbors in need.
Each day our Bed & Bread Club truck drivers make their way through Detroit, traveling multiple routes and making 57 stops to feed the hungry. That includes holidays and days when the weather may prove dangerous, because we understand that hunger doesn't take any days off. On days so cold that schools and businesses must close and even the postal service can't deliver mail, our trucks deliver hundreds of meals to people who otherwise would not eat at all.
As is the case in many cities across America, Detroit has its share of economically depressed areas, making access to quality food and shelter more difficult. The Bed & Bread Club is just one of many ways in which the Eastern Michigan Division of The Salvation Army strives to provide support for these Detroit communities.
Before the COVID-19 crisis, many families in Detroit were already making tough decisions between paying rent or buying food. As unemployment remains alarmingly high and children continue to miss school lunches, the circumstances have only become more dire. In the spring of 2020, our trucks were retrofitted with secure serving windows to prevent personal contact and promote safety for people on both sides of the window. This has allowed the Bed & Bread Club to continue providing essentials for the people it serves throughout the pandemic.
Throughout the last year, Bed & Bread trucks are serving families and individuals who had never sought out a meal from The Salvation Army previously, with recipients often requesting additional meals for others in their household. Our truck drivers have also discovered an increased need for items other than a meal, so we are now providing coats, blankets, socks, hats, and food staples such as milk, cereal, fruit, vegetables, and canned and dry goods.
Notice: Because we prioritize the safety and health of our staff and clients, The Bed & Bread Club is currently unable to take volunteers. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff have continued to prepare food and serve those in need every day of the year. Because we have not been able to utilize volunteers throughout the last year, we have an increased need for funding.
The Bed & Bread Program is currently in need of more volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of The Bed & Bread Program. Your hard work and dedication make it possible for us to assist the most vulnerable in our communities. Whether you help a homeless individual get a nourishing meal or a parent out of a job feed their kids, you make a tremendous impact on people who are fighting poverty and children who receive nutrition daily from our trucks.
Volunteers can either work in the kitchen or on one of our trucks.
Kitchen: Monday - Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Volunteers will work with Chef Michael Block to make sandwiches that will later be served from the trucks. This is a good team building experience as a friendly competition has been created between each group that volunteers. The record for the most sandwiches made in the 3-hour time slot is 1,400. Your team members will create a sandwich making system to ensure you can produce as many sandwiches as possible during your shift.
Arrival: Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. The shift is from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Truck: Monday - Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Volunteers will serve sandwiches from trucks that travel throughout Detroit's neighborhoods. We have had countless volunteers who have had transformative experiences serving food out of the trucks. This is a chance to form relationships and to see first-hand how your efforts help us Do The Most Good for our neighbors. There are three trucks total that can fit up to four people including the driver. The drivers are assigned by Harbor Light and are usually people who have benefited from the Bed & Bread program and now give their time back to The Salvation Army and people of Detroit. Once volunteers are divided up and assigned to the trucks, you will begin prepping the meals by creating sack lunches and pouring soup into bowls and juice into cups. We ask that you commit to the whole shift because the trucks stick to a tight schedule, so they will not be able to leave their course to drop you back off at Harbor Light.
To volunteer, sign up now.
Every day, our trucks are there to feed them.