Help the community during annual Michigan Harvest Gathering food drive

October 31, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Michigan Medicine is halfway through the annual Michigan Harvest Gathering food drive coordinated by Patient Food and Nutrition Services (PFANS) team members.

Through donations of non-perishable commercially-produced foods and funds, Michigan Medicine has contributed to providing more than 81 million meals. For every dollar received, five meals are provided. A contribution of just $10 can feed one person for about one week.

All the food collected during the food drive stays in the community to help residents in need, specifically going to Food Gatherers, the food bank serving the hungry in Washtenaw County.

According to the Food Bank Council of Michigan, 16 percent of Michigan households struggle to put food on the table and 21 percent of Michigan’s children don’t know where their next meal will come from. This food drive is one way Michigan Medicine is helping to improve the health of the community.

In 2017, the food drive coordinated by the PFANS team raised a total of $1,642 and 1,536 pounds of food, which provided a total of 7,040 meals for neighbors in need.

You may have seen the carts located throughout Michigan Medicine. This is where you can place your donation of non-perishable foods and/or money (checks made payable to Food Gatherers).

On Friday, Nov. 2, representatives from PFANS will be in the Mott/UH/Towsley Connector Link from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to receive monetary donations. Individuals who donate will be provided with a complimentary bag of popped popcorn as a token of appreciation.

Every dollar makes a difference! Please consider making a donation that will help those in need.

For further information, and a full list of collection sites, suggested donations and additional information, click here or email kitwe@med.umich.edu.

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