Photo gallery: Nursing leadership team gives back at Food Gatherers

June 26, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

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Over the last few months, Michigan Medicine Nursing leaders had the opportunity to come to the Food Gatherers warehouse in Ann Arbor and help to serve the community.

Food Gatherers was founded by Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1988, and works to alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County and eliminate its causes. It is a nonprofit food rescue organization that picks up food businesses are no longer able to sell, and redistributes the food that can be rescued and utilized. In 2018, the team was able to redistribute 6.3 million pounds of food to those in need through 150 partner organizations.

During their recent trips, nursing leadership was tasked with sorting through the donated food and repacking it for redistribution. They worked exclusively with produce, and each group was able to rescue approximately 2,000 pounds of food each!

“This was a great opportunity to make a real difference,” said Shaun Maki, manager of the specialty temps and travel program. “It was also a great team building exercise, and I really got to know other managers and directors in the system on a different level.”

Indeed, everyone had a great time working together to serve the community and build relationships across the health system. Below are some quotes from our attendees:

“I think volunteering at the Food Gatherers warehouse was an incredibly eye-opening experience – especially learning about the number of individuals in our own community who are ‘food insecure,’” said Devin Carr, chief nursing officer of UH/CVC. “This was a great opportunity to help a wonderful organization while working together as a leadership team.”

If you would like an opportunity to volunteer at Food Gatherers as an individual or as a group, please contact them at info@foodgatherers.org.

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