A dream turned into a mission

About Us

Five years ago, Johnnie Townsend had a vision. He wanted to start giving back to the community that helped raise him. As a native Detroiter, he took a look around and noticed there are plenty of individuals who need help here, locally. He started cleaning out his pantry and collecting food donations to bring to local churches, shelters, and food banks. 

Seeing the difference he made with just donations, Johnnie started volunteering his time at some local churches serving fresh, hot meals to the homeless in the community. The conversations he had and the stories he heard kept his drive and passion alive. However, he knew he could be doing more.

In 2019, with the help of his eldest daughter and son-in-law, Johnnie began the process in making iCARE an official nonprofit. Minority owned, and family run, iCARE, Fighting Hunger Foundation is already making huge strides in comparison to where we started five years ago.  To this day, we have helped eight different organizations in the Metro Detroit/Detroit area. We are proud of the work we've accomplished, and look forward to doing more.

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Our Mission

To serve the less fortunate in our local communities by providing food to partner organizations who share our similar values. We strive to always act with kindness, compassion, caring, and empathy to each person. 

Our Vision

No one should go hungry. Our vision is a lofty one. We would like to help be a part of the larger movement to eradicate hunger. Our goal is grow and partner with many other organizations to achieve this goal locally, and then expand to a regional and then national level.

Our Values

Our values are simple. We believe in human kindness and compassion. We live our lives by the golden rule: to treat each person we come across as we would like to be treated.

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Every bit of help makes a difference in the lives of those who need it the most.

Meet Our Team

Our Volunteers

The faces dedicated to making a difference at iCARE, Fighting Hunger Foundation

Johnnie Townsend

Founder + President

Felicia Quail

Vice President

Michael Quail

Secretary of the Board

Dawn Townsend

Marketing Manager
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