For Immediate Release
DTE provided philanthropy and volunteer hours to help The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland fill Farm Share boxes with nutritious food for individuals and families facing food insecurity this fall.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (November 16, 2022) – Members of DTE volunteered at The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to help pack boxes with 467 shares of food – totaling 4,771 pounds of fresh, local produce and 2,162 pantry items.
DTE’s donated time follows their generous philanthropic gift of more than $14,000 for The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland to provide Farm Shares at no cost to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. The packed boxes were double the size of an average Farm Share and will help ensure the families receiving them have a healthy Thanksgiving meal.
“This generous support from DTE is putting local, nutritious food on the tables of people who need it most,” said Amanda Sweetman, Trinity Health Michigan, Regional Director of Farming and Healthy Lifestyles. “We continually work to expand our food assistance through our Farm Share Program, and that would not be possible without partners like DTE. Thanks to this gift, we were able to call people on the waiting list for our Farm Share Assistance program to inform them they would be receiving weekly boxes of fall Farm Shares, including extra helpings for Thanksgiving.”
The Farms Share program is provided three times each year at The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Oakland – during the spring, summer and fall growing seasons. Participants sign up to receive a box of fresh, local produce weekly or bi-weekly for 12 weeks. The cost for a full Fall 2022 Farm Share was $300. Philanthropic support makes it possible for the Farm Share Program to serve a dual purpose as one of The Farms’ food assistance programs by providing the shares for free to individuals and families facing nutrition insecurity.
In 2021, The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Oakland served more than 570 Farm Share members, providing them with 10,000 boxes of nutritious, local, fresh produce. This included 120 members facing food insecurity who received shares for free.
According to a Food Price Outlook report by the USDA, “In 2022, all food prices are predicted to increase between 9.5 and 10.5 percent.” The report went on to say, fresh vegetable prices had reached a 9.2 percent increase between September 2021 and September 2022.
“The rising cost of food has been especially challenging for the communities surrounding The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Oakland,” added Sweetman.
The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland work with 22 local farmers to aggregate produce grown on site with a wide variety of responsibly grown, local fruits and vegetables. Working together allows more available Farm Shares, a variety of produce and the ability to support sustainable agriculture by creating additional revenue for the farmers.
“DTE is proud to support The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland to provide members of our communities with affordable, nutritious and dependable food,” said Lynette Dowler, DTE Vice President of Public Affairs. “The Farms’ community-based programs tie together our commitment to human needs, the environment and community transformation to make an impact with customers across our service territory.”
DTE and the DTE Foundation are longtime supporters of Trinity Health and, together, have given more than $600,000 to help support the health and vibrancy of communities throughout Southeast Michigan.
“We are grateful to DTE for giving through philanthropy and volunteer hours,” said Alonzo Lewis, president, Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Livingston. “A lack of nutritious food is one of the leading social influencers of health and is detrimental to a person’s physical and emotional well-being. DTE is helping us to create health equity and to deliver on our healing mission.”
If you are interested in supporting The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland and our food assistance programs, please visit stjoesfarm.org/donate/ or contact Melissa Sheppard, Director of Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy at [email protected] or 734-712-4079.
About Trinity Health Michigan
Trinity Health Michigan is a leading health care provider and one of the state’s largest employers. With more than 24,000 full-time employees serving 29 counties, Trinity Health Michigan is composed of nine hospitals located in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Howell, Livonia, Muskegon, Pontiac and Shelby. The health system has 2,314 beds and 5,446 physicians and advanced practice providers. With operating revenues of $4.16 billion, Trinity Health Michigan returns $184 million back to their local communities each year. Together with numerous ambulatory care locations, home health and hospice agencies and 23 senior living communities owned and/or operated by Trinity Health, Trinity Health Michigan provides the full continuum of care for Michigan residents
About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.3 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE portfolio includes energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, renewable natural gas, and energy marketing and trading. DTE Electric plans to reduce Scope 1 CO2 emissions by 90% and DTE Gas plans to reduce Scope 3 methane emissions by 35% by 2040, while keeping energy safe, reliable and affordable. DTE Electric and Gas aspire to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. DTE is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.