Weingartz aims to Mow Down Hunger across Michigan during 6th-annual campaign


Comstock Park, Michigan — Sept. 14, 2015 — September is Hunger Action Month. For three Michigan food banks, that means donations will go twice as far, thanks to Weingartz’s Mow Down Hunger campaign. During the campaign, which runs from Sept. 14 through Oct. 6, the Michigan-based, family-owned outdoor power equipment company will match donations to three food banks, including Feeding America West Michigan.

The goal: to provide 1 million meals to food-insecure children throughout our state.

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“As we kick off the sixth year of the Mow Down Hunger campaign, I am excited for the outpouring of support that we receive from our customers, employees and communities,” said President Dan Weingartz. “We are blessed and honored to be the matching sponsor for this program and look forward to another successful campaign and providing another one million meals.”

Mow Down Hunger supports food banks serving communities where Weingartz’s stores are located. Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor and Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit will also benefit from the campaign.

“Right now, hunger threatens 1 in 5 kids in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,” said Feeding America West Michigan CEO Ken Estelle. “Weingartz’s commitment to addressing this critical issue is truly impressive. We’re grateful that they’ve chosen to support our mission in such a big way.”

With every dollar they receive, Feeding America West Michigan can distribute 4 meals. The Food Bank distributed record numbers of meals in 2013 and 2014, sending out 20 and 21 million meals respectively, and 2015 is on track to be their biggest year yet to date. Each year, they serve an estimated 492,100 people.

All Weingartz locations are accepting donations of money and nonperishable food through Oct. 6. Donations can also be made online at feedwm.org. To view store hours and locations, visit Weingartz.com.

About Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Serving local families in need since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank reclaims safe surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. We distribute that food through a network of more than 1,100 food pantries, youth programs, and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 counties from the Indiana border through the Upper Peninsula. Each year, an estimated 492,100 people receive food from Feeding America West Michigan. For more information, visit feedwm.org.

About Weingartz. Family-owned and operated since 1945, Weingartz continues to serve as an industry leader in outdoor power equipment sales, service, and expert advice. A long-time advocate of commercial and residential buyers, Weingartz carries top-name equipment and replacement parts at each of its five Michigan locations and online at Weingartz.com.