Every day, hundreds of hard-working families struggle to put food on the table throughout Macomb County. It breaks my heart to hear those stories, but there are a couple things we can do to help prevent this problem.
First, mark your calendar to participate on Saturday, May 13, in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. On this day, residents are encouraged to stuff a bag full of nonperishable food (please make sure it’s food you and your family would also eat) and leave it out on their porch. That’s when our friends at the United States Postal Service and a league of volunteers step into action collecting food.
If that doesn’t work for you, we have another option. In Macomb County, we decided to get even more involved in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
This year, I am proud to invite you to join me and others at Hotcakes for Hunger, our pre-Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive rally from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Freedom Hill County Park.
Hotcakes for Hunger will feature:
- Pancake breakfast – with celebrity flippers – for $5. All proceeds from the breakfast will go directly to the Macomb Food Program.
- Classic car show and parade.
- Bounce houses for children.
- Emergency vehicles on display from area first responders, including the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Sterling Heights Fire Department and others.
- Music performed by local jazz and marching bands.
- And other fun surprises.
I’m really looking forward to this event, and I know it’s going to be a huge success. Cash donations are used to purchase supplemental fresh foods for the Macomb Food Program’s pantry distribution days.
I would like to thank our sponsors. Anderson Eckstein Westrick, Beaumont Health System, Chris Cakes of Michigan, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, Jarvis, McLaren Macomb Health Systems, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Randazzo Mechanical Heating & Cooling, St. John Providence, Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Webber Group and Waste Management are all local companies that have decided to donate to this amazing cause, and I am so appreciative. Because of their support, all donations will go directly to the Macomb Food Program.
Please join me in helping to alleviate the hunger of those in Macomb County. Together we can all make a difference.
Mark A. Hackel is the Macomb County Executive.