Michigan Harvest Gathering is an annual event (September-November) during which food and funds are raised to support our members - the state’s nine regional food banks. The regional food banks serve agencies, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc...in all 83 Michigan counties. Food and funds collected during the campaign are used to support the work of the food banks - to keep their shelves stocked and to assist in the high transportation costs incurred in moving food around the state.
There are many contributing factors to why some Michiganders are in need of our help. Some folks in our communities have temporarily lost their job and don’t have the resources to shop for their week’s groceries. Many are elderly residents who have exhausted their fixed incomes on medications. There are children in Michigan who receive their only nutritious meals from free lunch at school. Unfortunately, hundreds of Michigan residents are turned away weekly from receiving supplemental groceries or a hot meal because there simply isn’t enough.
Each year, one in ten people in Michigan rely on the food bank network for emergency food assistance. 50% of those needing help are either children or seniors...both of which are the most vulnerable groups in our state. Every dollar you give, helps provide 5 meals.
This year's theme is "Give Local" to emphasize the reality of hunger in Michigan and that money and food raised will support people in local communities. If you would like to donate or become a "food-gathering site" coordinator, please contact Kit Werner at 936-5197 or via e-mail at email@example.com.