3rd Annual At The Heart of Hunger Campaign Provides Needed Food for Partner Agencies

DETROIT, March 20, 2015 – On Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10am, MGM Grand Detroit will deliver 18 pallets of food to Gleaners Community Food Bank (Gleaners) in Detroit. During the month of February, the company’s At The Heart of Hunger initiative collected over 16,000 pounds of food, monetary donations and rescued food. MGM Grand Detroit’s efforts will provide over 25,000 meals.   
MGM Grand Detroit launched At the Heart of Hunger campaign in February 2013 with a mission of feeding hungry people in metro Detroit. The company and its team members are increasing their focus on corporate citizenship. This year’s food drive exemplified that effort, yielding a 35 percent increase in donations over last year.
“At a moment of critical need, our team members rose to the occasion and poured their hearts out. We couldn’t be more grateful,” said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, director of public affairs, MGM Grand Detroit.
The company chose February for their annual initiative, knowing many nonprofits see a dip in donations during the post-holiday season.
“I’m so grateful for MGM Grand Detroit’s longtime commitment in helping to feed our hungry neighbors,” said Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners Community Food Bank. “More than 700,000 people in southeast Michigan are food insecure. Thanks to the generous support of MGM Grand Detroit and its employees, Gleaners can make sure thousands in our community get the food they need to get through a difficult time.”
What:              MGM Grand Detroit delivers 18 pallets of food to Gleaners
When:             Monday, March 23, 2015
                        10:00 a.m.
Where:            Gleaners’ Detroit Headquarters
                        2131 Beaufait, Detroit 48207
Who:               Gerry Brisson, president, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Dee Dee McKinney Odom, director of Public Affairs, MGM Grand Detroit

  • Team members from MGM Grand Detroit will also be attending

About Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners):
For over 37 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” Gleaners helps alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of nearly 77,000 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need.  Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates a total of five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, which provide food to 510 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 94 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals. Learn more at www.gcfb.org

About MGM Grand Detroit
The only Forbes Four-Star hotel in the City of Detroit, the only Forbes Four-Star spa in Michigan, and AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel, MGM Grand Detroit is the city’s first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests enjoy signature restaurants; two by world-renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck and the property’s own sports pub, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit; casual dining options; lounges; high-energy nightlife; and the only resort-style spa in Southeast Michigan. More than 30,000 square feet of meeting space hosts everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie affairs. MGM Grand Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information, visit www.mgmgranddetroit.com or call toll free at (888) 646-3387.