Families get fed thanks to partnership between Pistons and Taylor food bank

TAYLOR — Hundreds of area families recently received food and personal items from New Dimensions Outreach Food Bank, thanks to money raised during the 2009 Detroit Pistons Care Telethon in support of Feed The Children.

Food was delivered Nov. 20 to New Dimensions, located in the Ignited Ministries on Superior Road in Taylor. Volunteers unloaded a truck in the morning and loaded boxes into cars lined up all the way to Allen Road in the afternoon.

New Dimensions is a nonprofit organization that has served residents of more than 20 communities for more than 11 years. The food bank feeds more than 2,500 people per month and offers a variety of referrals for community services in Taylor and other communities.

Families last month received 25-pound boxes of food, 15-pound boxes of personal care items and even a box of Avon products.

Funding for the food and supplies came from the Pistons Care Telethon, a 17-hour event highlighted by the telecast of the team’s game on March 11 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The telethon raised more than $450,000 in pledges, which is used to feed more than 25,000 families in critical need in Michigan.

A similar delivery took place June 11 to volunteers from the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry and Game On Sports Center, both in Taylor.

Feed The Children was founded in 1979 and consistently is ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the United States based on private, nongovernment support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. For more information go to www.feedthechildren.org.

For more information about New Dimensions Outreach Food Bank contact Donna Bridges at (734) 383-5658.