DTE Energy Foundation commits $50,000 to support Feeding America West Michigan’s work in northwest Michigan

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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich., Feb. 28, 2022 — The DTE Foundation is granting Feeding America West Michigan $50,000 this year to help fight hunger in northwest Michigan. These funds will enable the food bank to bring Mobile Food Pantries to the region and support the area’s traditional pantries.

“The DTE Foundation’s very generous support will help so many of our neighbors in need fill their plates this year,” said Kenneth Estelle, the food bank’s president and CEO. “This continues to be a tough time for many neighbors in the northwest part of our service area, and these funds will go a long way.”

The DTE Foundation is a long-time supporter of the food bank’s efforts to end hunger in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Last year, they were honored as a gold partner, a designation they will retain in 2022.

“At the DTE Foundation, we know stable homes — where basic human needs are met — are the bedrock of strong communities. Feeding America West Michigan has unique systems and skills in place to distribute meals to those who need them without delay,” said Rodney Cole, vice president of the DTE Foundation “Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s our job as a corporate citizen to help our neighbors through partners and programs like this. As we continue to strive to be the best for the world, we’re committed to developing and promoting programs that meet basic human needs by delivering food, shelter, and health and wellness resources.”

About Feeding America West Michigan

Serving local families in need since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan reclaims millions of meals’ worth of safe, surplus food from various sources. With the help of countless volunteers, the food bank sorts, stores and distributes this food through a network of more than 800 partners to fill hundreds of thousands of neighbors’ plates instead of landfills. The food bank’s service area consists of 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties from the Indiana border north through the Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit FeedWM.org or call 616-784-3250.

About the DTE Energy Foundation 

The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.3 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2021, the DTE Energy Foundation provided more than $18.9 million in grant support where the company has a business presence with a focus on driving positive, meaningful change on three key areas: jobs, equity and the environment. As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE aspires not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world, serving as a force for growth and prosperity in the communities across Michigan. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more.