WARREN, Mich., Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the seventh consecutive year, Art Van Furniture and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 will join forces to help fight hunger and brighten the holidays for local families. The Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 are teaming up once again with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan for their Together We Can holiday food drive. From November 1 through 23, Art Van Furniture will have collection stations at its 17 metro Detroit locations for guests to drop off non-perishable food items. Donations will be distributed to families in need by the non-profit organization, which has been feeding the hungry for almost four decades.
Since 2009, over 90,000 pounds of food has been generously donated as part of the Together We Can campaign for rural, suburban and urban communities across metro Detroit. A record-breaking 20,701 pounds of packaged and canned food was collected in 2014, which provided over 17,200 meals to families in need. Art Van Furniture and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 are hoping to top last year's donation.
"Families struggling to make ends meet feel the pressure of the holidays more than most," said Gary Van Elslander, president of Art Van Furniture. "Our guests and WXYZ-TV's viewers have donated so generously to the Together We Can program over the past six years to help their neighbors in need. We will continue to do everything we can to ease the burden of hunger in our community and showcase the true meaning of the holidays."
One in six people in Michigan struggle with hunger. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan distributes more than 34 million pounds of food each year to over 500 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. For more information, visit artvan.com.
About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 94 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.
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