Art Van Furniture And WXYZ-TV Collect Over 10,000 Pounds Of Food During Seventh Annual 'Together We Can' Community Food Drive

Donation drive for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan will provide over 8,400 meals for families in need this holiday season.

WARREN, Mich. - Dec. 8, 2015 // PRNewswire // - Metro Detroiters came together with a can do attitude in November as part of the Art Van Furniture and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 seventh annual 'Together We Can' food drive! A total of 10,107 pounds of packaged and canned food was collected to help feed families in need this holiday season. Thanks to the generosity and big hearts of the community, the Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 donated the non-perishable food items to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. These donations will serve approximately 8,423 meals to feed hungry families and individuals in surrounding communities.

"Bringing people together for a tremendous cause like 'Together We Can' is so fulfilling because so many people benefit," said Gary Van Elslander, president of Art Van Furniture. "Art Van Furniture and WXYZ TV understand how important it is during the holidays to look out for our neighbors, and we will continue to do so as long as the need exists in our community."

"Art Van Furniture and WXYZ TV/Channel 7 play a huge role in our annual efforts and ultimately help our programs thrive," said Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. "Their team-oriented efforts help us immeasurably to further our mission and encourage us as an organization."

The non-profit organization has been feeding the hungry across metro Detroit for over 38 years. One in six people in Michigan face the struggle of hunger. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan makes a remarkable difference, distributing over 34 million pounds of emergency food last year alone to over 500 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.

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About Art Van Furniture

Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 98 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit for more information.

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