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, November 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 to 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 twice the size of an average farm share and will help ensure that the families who received them have a healthy Thanksgiving meal.
“This generous support from DTE puts local, nutritious food on the tables of people who need it most,” said Amanda Sweetman, Trinity Health Michigan Regional Director of Farming and Healthy Living. “We are constantly working to expand our food assistance through our Farm Share Program, and this 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 that they will receive weekly boxes of fall farm shares, including extra help for Thanksgiving.”
The Farms Share program is offered 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 enables the Farm Share program to serve a dual purpose as one of The Farms’ food assistance programs by providing the shares free of charge to individuals and families facing food 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 forecast to increase between 9.5 and 10.5 percent.” The report further stated that fresh vegetable prices 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,” Sweetman added.
The farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland work with 22 local farmers to combine produce grown on-site with a wide variety of responsibly grown, local fruits and vegetables. By working together, more Farm Shares are available, a variety of products and the ability to support sustainable agriculture by creating additional income 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 reliable 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 clients across our service area.”
DTE and the DTE Foundation are long-time supporters of Trinity Health and together have given more than $600,000 to support the health and vitality of communities across Southeast Michigan.
“We are grateful to DTE for giving 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 helps us create health equity and 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 melissa.sheppard@trinity-health .org or 734-712-4079.
About Trinity Health Michigan
Trinity Health Michigan is a leading healthcare provider and one of the state’s largest employers. With more than 24,000 full-time employees serving 29 counties, Trinity Health Michigan consists 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 revenue of $4.16 billion, Trinity Health Michigan gives back $184 million to their local communities each year. Along with numerous ambulatory care sites, 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 engaged 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 aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. DTE is committed to serving with his energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy and economic advancement. Information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.