DETROIT (WJBK) - Hundreds of powerful women, leaders in our community, came together Thursday morning to fight a growing problem (and a few fearless men, too). The goal of the Gleaners Women's Power Breakfast was to raise enough money to provide a million meals for hungry children in metro Detroit.
The event was downtown at Eastern Market. Attendees heard from a kindergarten teacher in Detroit whose students are impacted by Gleaners backpack program, and a grandmother who helped her granddaughter's school get food support from Gleaners.
Gleaners currently serves more than 130 schools in the metro area, but another 200 are on the waiting list. Gerry Brisson with Gleaners says very generous gifts of $15,000 and $20,000 were given at the breakfast to help those schools on the waiting list, as well as many other smaller donations.
"I am sure we're going to exceed our million meal goal today because of the generosity and true outpouring of faith by this group of people," he says.
Several women from FOX 2 attended the breakfast, along with our news director, Kevin Roseborough. You can see video from the breakfast in the video player above in a report from Amy Andrews.
A lot of FOX 2 viewers helped Gleaners meet their goal earlier this week, too, during Double Your Donation Day.
For more information on Gleaners' school programs, or to make a donation, visit www.gcfb.org.