WARREN, Mich., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Generous Michiganders opened their hearts and their pantries this holiday season, donating 13,268 pounds of food as part of the 5th Annual Art Van Furniture and WXYZ-TV Together We Can community food drive benefitting Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. The canned food and nonperishable food items collected at Art Van Furniture locations across metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Port Huron and Howell will provide 11,012 meals for local families in need.
"We are so grateful to our guests and our employees who come together every year during this important endeavor to assist thousands of families in need throughout our community," said Gary Van Elslander, president of Art Van Furniture. "Knowing that Art Van Furniture's annual partnership with WXYZ-TV and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan makes the holidays brighter for parents and their children exemplifies the true meaning of the season."
Mike Murri, WXYZ station manager, said, "Taking action for our community is the focus of our mission at WXYZ Channel 7. We are proud to join Art Van Furniture and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to help make a difference in the lives of so many families throughout our area. Together, we really can have an impact in the fight against hunger in Metro Detroit."
All donations collected from the Together We Can food drive will be distributed to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in rural, suburban and urban communities in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties by Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 37 stores throughout Michigan, five stores in Chicagoland, one store in Toledo, Ohio, a full service e-commerce website, plus 39 freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.
SOURCE Art Van Furniture