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Apple Pie + You = Provided a Hunger Free Summer For Kids

Grand Traverse Pie Company is passionate about being an active and supportive community business. This summer Grand Traverse Pie Company was dedicated to ensuring kids throughout Michigan, and Indiana had a hunger free summer.  While the end of the school year typically means beach days and no homework to many kids, it also signals a time of year where families struggle to replace meals that were provided at school. Over half of the children in Michigan and Indiana are reliant upon free, and reduced-fee meals during the school year. That is why Grand Traverse Pie Company has again helped non-profits organizations to stomp out summer hunger throughout both Michigan, and Indiana.

Summer 2021 was the seventh consecutive year that GT Pie Company used a portion of proceeds from Apple Pie Sales (slices, mini pies, and whole pies) in all GT Pie shops from June 10th through September 8th supporting non-profits and food pantries throughout Michigan and Indian.   During the first six years of the ‘Hunger Free Summer’ campaign, Grand Traverse Pie Company and its partners have contributed over 330,900 meals through key partnerships with food banks and kids’ meal programs. This year alone the Grand Traverse Pie family is contributing funds to produce over 116,536 meals.  Co- Founder Mike Busley states, “Our children are our future and have every right to be fed nutritiously each day. We are so pleased to help strengthen the lives of children; this is such a great example of celebrating the goodness thru pie and sharing our core values.”  Each dollar contributed to the Hunger Free Summer program represents SIX meals provided to students throughout the state of Michigan and in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Helping our youth have a hunger free summer is easy as Apple Pie

Grand Traverse Pie Company’s 15 pie shops made apple pies from scratch every day. GT Pie teamed up with multiple food banks/pantries throughout both Michigan and Indiana.

• Ann Arbor – Gleaner’s Community Food Bank
• Brighton- Gleaner’s Community Food Bank
• East Lansing – Boys and Girls Club of Lansing
• Grand Rapids – Kid’s Food Basket
• Lansing Downtown – Boys and Girls Club of Lansing
• Midland – Shelterhouse of Midland
• Norton Shores – Love, Inc.
• Okemos – Boys and Girls Club of Lansing
• Plymouth – Gleaner’s Community Food Bank
• Portage – Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
• Rochester Hills – Rochester Area Neighborhood House
• Terre Haute, Indiana – Vigo County Schools Backpack Program
• Traverse City, Front Street – Father Fred Foundation
• Traverse City, Park Street – Father Fred Foundation
• Troy – Gleaner’s Community Food Bank

About Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 528 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Named Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year, Gleaners was recognized for its leadership, strategic decision-making and collaborative partnerships, excelling in its innovative approach toward achieving food security for the region. Each year Gleaners distributes more than 43 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. On average, Gleaners distributes the equivalent of 96,348 meals each day and provides nourishing food to 430,000 people, including 171,000 children a year. Every dollar donated provides six meals, and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. For more information, visit www.gcfb.org.




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