Gleaners Group Meals Financial institution to carry digital 2021 Girls’s Energy Breakfast, tackle little one starvation

With growing insecurity about how to eat children, some of the most powerful and influential women executives of businesses, citizens and nonprofits in southeast Michigan will join the Gleaners Community Food Bank on May 4, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the 2021 Women’s Power Breakfast Supporting unite the work of the organization to end childhood hunger.

Gleaners founded the Women’s Power Breakfast in 1994 with the intention of bringing together powerful women from across Southeast Michigan in a spirit of philanthropy. The event, which has raised $ 3.55 million since its inception, provides an opportunity for hundreds of women from diverse industries to gather to network and learn about Gleaners programs that are critical to the well-being of children and families and to support philanthropically The organization supports.

“This year’s virtual breakfast may look a little different than our past events, but we continue to strive to celebrate the power of women, the achievements that elevate us and our commitment to the community,” said Stacy Averill, Vice by Gleaner’s President for Community Funding and Public Relations. “Today more than ever, philanthropic support is needed if we are to find our way through one of the most difficult chapters in our region’s history.”


In southeast Michigan, nearly 250,000 children – or one in five children – are at risk of starvation, according to Feeding America projections published in October 2020.

Virtual attendees at the Women’s Power Breakfast will learn about Gleaners’ effective work in the community during the pandemic – including serving an average of more than 1 million meals per week for hungry individuals and families in southeast Michigan – and have the opportunity to join interactive breakouts to attend network sessions. Topics for the breakout session will include healthcare; Education: How Food Security Supports Academic Success; Corporate social responsibility; Diet: Effects on Children and Health; Diversity, equity and inclusion; Data insights drive action in philanthropy; Equity: Meeting Community Needs and Safeguarding Your Legacy: Estate Planning.

The event will also feature a keynote address by Faye Alexander Nelson, director of Michigan Programs for the WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), which was founded as an independent, private foundation in 1930 by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg and is now one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. In this role, Nelson oversees the strategy, operations and granting of grants across the state of Michigan and includes offices in the priority funding locations of Battle Creek, Detroit and Grand Rapids. Guided by the belief that all children should have equal opportunities to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can reach their full potential in school, work, and life.


Nelson was previously Vice President of DTE Energy and President and Chief Executive Officer of the DTE Energy Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. She was also the first President and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and led the restoration of the Detroit Riverfront during her 10-year tenure. She oversaw the public-private partnership that turned the abandoned industrial waterfront into a vibrant public space with more than 3.5 miles of parks, plazas, pavilions, and walkways, welcomed more than three million visitors annually, and valued public and private investments Generated over $ 1 billion. Nelson also currently serves on the boards of several organizations including the Michigan Women’s Commission, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and M-1 Rail.

Ticket and sponsorship information for the Women’s Power Breakfast can be found at A cartridge ticket costs $ 125. Potential sponsors can also contact Angela Halverson at [email protected]. The program starts at 7am with breakout sessions and a mix of virtual tables spread out between the speakers’ presentations. The live stream ends at 9 a.m.


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