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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 nearly 1.6 million meals and provide more than 77,000 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.
Throughout the fall and winter of 2021, we have volunteer opportunities in our kitchen located at our Divisional Headquarters, 16130 Northland Dr in Southfield. Volunteers may sign up to make sandwiches in the kitchen. Please call Barb Pilat at 248-996-5051 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. See more information below.
Every day, our trucks are there to feed them.