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Lunches Made With Love: Giving Tuesday at Wayne Metro

Nutritious food grows strong children, brings communities together, and infuses love! Nutrition Services at Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency achieves all that each year for over 2,000 children. You can help deliver food infused with love by supporting Wayne Metro for Giving Tuesday.

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Giving Tuesday at Wayne Metro raises funds for our Nutrition Service; a portion of donations will help purchase a cargo van to streamline delicious meal delivery to these children. 

Thayine Uddin, a Nutrition Aide explains, “Cultural food is more nutritious. Whenever we have a potluck at our site, Bengali staff bring Biryani. I thought, ‘Why not put it on the menu?’ Staff and students both love it!”

“I love the kids,” explains Tania Walker, a Nutrition staff member, “I put my heart into cooking. I like to see the kids eating and enjoying their food. It makes me feel good to encourage kids to try new things.”

Wayne Metro’s Nutrition Services coordinates healthy meal delivery to vibrant communities that have specific needs based on cultural or religious preferences and income. All of the communities served have the highest poverty rates in Michigan, which range from 28% to 64% of children under age 18 living in poverty (censusreporter.org). Wayne Metro in 2022 ensured meals for over 2,000 children at:

  • 14 Wayne Metro early childhood education centers,
  • 24 public schools,
  • 15 youth summer programs, and
  • 9 Brilliant Detroit community hubs.

Wayne Metro partners with numerous organizations to efficiently deliver meals. No Kid Hungry, a nation-wide organization with the mission to end childhood hunger, recently recognized Wayne Metro for its work with a grant to purchase a cargo van. The cargo van will increase healthy meals prepared by the agency’s own expert kitchen staff. 

Biryani Recipe

Ingredients

  • Halal Chicken
  • Basmati Rice
  • Onion, Garlic, Ginger
  • Biryani Spice
  • Turmeric
  • Butter, Oil
  • 5 way veggie blend

NOTE: Frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen at peak ripeness and are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals, especially during long Michigan winters.

Instructions

  • Cook the rice
  • Cook veggies
  • Sauté onion, garlic, & ginger in oil
  • Add chicken and turmeric
  • Pour the chicken over the rice
  • Mix with butter

➔ Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes

Our Funding Partners

In addition to your generosity, Wayne Metro uses funds from a variety of funders to carry out Nutrition Services, including the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and federal programs like Head Start, Project 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Child and Adult Food Care, and Summer Food Service, among others. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and Blue Cross Complete of Michigan also support a food pantry for our Head Start families.

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Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. #GivingTuesday harnesses social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in communities. Wayne Metro infuses its Nutrition Services with love; you can too with a donation today!

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