Over 300 volunteers and 40 organizations led by local businessman, Robert Shumake, participated in the Annual Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ. The event provided hot meals, bags of groceries, and access to basic human services provided by local organizations.
During the event, at least 5,000 individuals out of the 20,000 who are homeless in Detroit, had access to a hot meal. Robert Shumake, who was homeless in his youth, said, "We give them a meal that you would have at your own house. Everybody deserves to be treated like a VIP."
This event has quickly become one of the largest feeding efforts the city of Detroit has seen. Since the Red Carpet Backyard BBQ event started, approximately 25,000 homeless individuals have had access to a meal. During the event, they can also take advantage of health and wellness checks.
Robert Shumake, the Shu Foundation, and the rest of the organizers also bring in celebrities and live entertainment, which makes the event truly one of a kind. Celebrity attendees from past events include members of the Detroit Lions Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew, and Casey Pierce. If only for a day, the organizers want to ensure these underserved citizens get the VIP treatment.
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