Farms at Trinity Health, DTE Energy Team Up to Provide Healthy Holiday Meals Livonia, MI Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

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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, MI (November 16, 2022) DTE members volunteered at the farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor on Tuesday, November 15th to help pack boxes of 467 food items – a total of 4,771 pounds of fresh local produce and 2,162 pantries.

The time donated by DTE 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 free of charge to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. The packed boxes were double the size of the average Farm Share and will help the families who receive them have a healthy meal for Thanksgiving.

“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 Agriculture 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 let them know they will be receiving weekly boxes of fall farm shares, including extra Thanksgiving assistance.”

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 every week or every two weeks for 12 weeks. The cost to fully share a farm in the fall of 2022 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, 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 by providing them with 10,000 boxes of nutritious, local, fresh produce. This includes 120 members facing food insecurity who received shares for free.

According to a USDA food price forecast, “in 2022, prices for all foods are projected to increase between 9.5 and 10.5 percent.” The report also said fresh vegetable prices reached 9.2 % increase between September 2021 and September 2022

“The rising cost of food is a particular challenge for the communities surrounding The Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Oakland,” Sweetman added.

Farms at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Oakland work with 22 local farmers to combine locally grown produce with a wide variety of responsibly grown local fruits and vegetables. Working together allows for more affordable farm shares, product diversity and the ability to sustain sustainable agriculture by creating additional income for 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. “Farms’ community-based programs bring together our commitment to human needs, the environment and community transformation to make an impact for customers in our service territory.”

DTE and the DTE Foundation have been longtime supporters of Trinity Health and together have given more than $600,000 to help support the health and vitality of Southeast Michigan communities.

“We are grateful to DTE for donations 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 leading social determinants of health and is detrimental to a person’s physical and emotional well-being. DTE helps us create healthcare equity and fulfill 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 largest employers in the state. With more than 24,000 full-time employees serving 29 counties, Trinity Health Michigan is comprised 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 doctors and advanced practice specialists. With operating revenues of $4.16 billion, Trinity Health Michigan gives $184 million back to their local communities each year. Along 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 utility serving 2.3 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. DTE’s 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 their 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.

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