Trinity Health, DTE Energy Team to Provide Farm Healthy Holiday Meals Livonia, Michigan (MI), St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System

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DTE provided philanthropy and volunteer hours to the Farms of Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland this fall to help fill farm share boxes with nutritious meals for individuals and families facing food insecurity.

Ann Arbor, Michigan (November 16, 2022) , DTE members volunteered at The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor on Tuesday, November 15, to help pack boxes with 467 shares of food — a total of 4,771 pounds of fresh, local produce and 2,162 pantry items.

DTE’s donated time follows her generous philanthropic gift of over $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 Is. The packaged boxes were twice the size of the average farm share and will help ensure that the families receiving them have a healthy Thanksgiving meal.

“This generous support of DTE is putting local, nutritious food on the tables of those who need it most,” said Amanda Sweetman, Trinity Health Michigan, regional director of agriculture and healthy lifestyles. “We continually work to expand our food assistance through our Farm Share program, and this would not be possible without partners like DTE. Thank you for this gift, we look forward to bringing people to our Farm Share assistance program. List was able to call to inform them that they would be receiving weekly boxes of fall farm stocks including extra helpings for Thanksgiving.

The Farm Share Program is offered three times each year at The Farms at Trinity Health in 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 of the Fall 2022 farm share was $300. Philanthropic support makes it possible for the Farm Share program to serve a dual purpose as one of Farm’s food assistance programs by providing shares free of charge to individuals and families facing nutrition insecurity.

In 2021, The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Oakland will serve 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 got shares free of cost.

According to the 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 said, between September 2021 and September 2022, the prices of fresh vegetables had increased by 9.2 percent.

“The rising cost of food has been particularly challenging for the communities surrounding Trinity Health Ann Arbor and The Farms in Oakland,” Sweetman said.

The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland work with 22 local farmers to source on-site grown produce, along with a wide variety of responsibly grown local fruits and vegetables. Working together offers the potential to support sustainable agriculture by creating more available farm shares, greater yield diversity and additional revenue for farmers.

“DTE is proud to support The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland to provide affordable, nutritious and reliable food to members of our communities,” said Lynette Dowler, DTE’s vice president of public affairs. “The Farm’s community-based programs fuse together our commitment to human needs, the environment and community change to make an impact with the customers in our service area.”

DTE and the DTE Foundation have been longtime supporters of Trinity Health and together, have contributed 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 of Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Livingston. “Lack of nutritious food is one of the major societal impacts of health and is detrimental to a person’s physical and emotional well-being. DTE is helping us create health equity and fulfill our healing mission.

If you are interested in supporting The Farms and our food assistance programs at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland, please visit stjoesfarm.org/donate/ or contact Melissa Sheppard, Director of Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy at [email protected] Contact us at trinity-health. .org 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 made up 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 gives $184 million back to its local communities each year. Trinity Health, in conjunction with several ambulatory care locations owned and/or operated by Trinity Health Michigan, home health and hospice agencies, and 23 senior living communities, provides a 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 across the country. 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 & Gas aspires to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. DTE is committed to To serve with our 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.

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