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PRNewswire/ -- The nation's largest African American-led mentoring organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., announced today the launch of its "Real Men Vote" campaign and 14-city tour. The tour kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio on April 1st at Premier Barbershop, and this effort is focused on delivering critical voter education and engagement ahead of the 2024 Presidential election.
  Milton H. Jones Jr, Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. said "We are an organization with more than 4,000 members, all of whom are registered to vote in the upcoming national and local elections. Further, all of these men are committed to helping men and women in their communities register to vote, learn about the election issues, and see the importance of casting their ballots at every opportunity to vote."
  In addition to a critical Presidential election, there are 435 seats in the House of Representatives and over 30 Senate seats up for election this year. Ahead one of the nation's most consequential election seasons, the "Real Men Vote" campaign is dedicated to combating an onslaught of misinformation and voting dissuasion campaigns. The goal of the tour is to equip Black men across the country with accurate information about issues and policies at the federal, state and local levels.
  Dr. Wes Bellamy, Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Board added " Black men and their potential to shape future elections have increasingly gained national attention. However, with that attention has come an influx of misinformation tactics directly targeting them. The "Real Men Vote" campaign was created to provide Black men with the information and tools they need to make informed civic decisions that allow them to leverage their voting power to better our communities and protect our vision for the future."
  The multi-city tour will feature town halls curated by 100 Black Men, Inc. chapters in each respective city to discuss the importance of voting and how voting builds power. In cities noted below, the Town Halls will be jointly hosted by the Coalition of 100 Black Women and the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The 100 Black Men of America will also be working with the Collective Education Fund, Black Voters Matter, and others to ensure that this is a collaborative approach to engage Black men from a multitude of backgrounds.
  The "Real Men Vote" tour will be hosted in the following cities:
Mobile, AL 
Charlotte, NC
Cleveland, OH
Philadelphia, PA *
Pittsburgh, PA
Macon, GA
Las Vegas, NV *
Atlanta, GA *
Detroit, MI
Milwaukee, WI
South Florida *
Jacksonville, Florida *
Baton Rouge, LA *
Phoenix, AZ
  To learn more about the "Real Men Vote" campaign and upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow the organization on Facebook, X and Instagram.
  For information on the Detroit stop, 
Email: [email protected] or call (313) 874-4811.

PRNewswire/ -- Meijer recently announced a surprise $2 million donation to 30 key food bank partners to help battle hunger in its local communities. These focused donations will create a larger impact helping the food banks to better meet the needs of those they serve, resulting in a positive ripple effect in communities across the Midwest.
  "We recognize the vital role food banks play in addressing hunger and are proud to stand alongside our partners to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity," said Rick Keyes, President & CEO of Meijer. "We know there is an elevated need in many of our communities, and we want to do our part to help feed our hungry neighbors."
  For 90 years, feeding people has been at the heart of Meijer, with hunger relief being one of the retailer's longest-standing philanthropic commitments. Meijer works with all parts of the hunger relief system including both food banks and food pantries. Food banks are large-scale operations that service dozens of smaller-scale food pantries that, in turn, service a smaller geographic region. This cooperative system is designed to efficiently get food to those who need it the most.
  "We are incredibly grateful for Meijer's display of support through their recent gift," said Fred Glass, President and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. "Food insecurity continues to rise across the country, and unfortunately, Indiana is no exception. Partners like Meijer make a huge impact on our ability to provide a reliable source of nutritious meals for Hoosiers experiencing food insecurity. Thanks to Meijer and their team for their commitment to the fight against hunger."
  The appreciation was reciprocated by Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.
  "Meijer has been a tremendous partner to Second Harvest with its weekly food donations, which reach families through our regional network of food pantries and hot meals program," said Julie Chase-Morefield, President and CEO of the organization. "This generous donation will allow us to continue to source fresh for our senior food box program that serves over 1,800 local seniors and delivers produce boxes at our local WIC office to expecting and new mothers."
  The food banks receiving the donation are:
• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
• Central Illinois Foodbank
• Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana
• Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville, Ky.)
• Eastern Illinois Foodbank
• Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
• Feeding America West Michigan
• Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland
• Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
• Food Bank of Northern Indiana
• Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
• Food Finders Food Bank (Springfield, Ill.)
• Food Gatherers (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• Forgotten Harvest (Detroit, Mich.)
• Freestore Foodbank (Cincinnati, Ohio)
• Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan
• Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
• God's Pantry Food Bank (Lexington, Ky.)
• Greater Chicago Food Depository
• Greater Cleveland Foodbank
• Greater Lansing Food Bank
• Mid-Ohio Food Collective
• Northern Illinois Food Bank
• Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley
• Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign & Logan Counties
• South Michigan Food Bank
• Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank

Meijer fights against hunger
with $2 million donation to
food banks
100 Black Men of America launch
"Real Men Vote" campaign