Michigan Medicine announces new donation drive to benefit Food Gatherers

August 26, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

As summer comes to an end, Michigan Medicine is launching another community effort that will begin next week and continue throughout September. It’s designed to help our neighbors in need during an unprecedented time of food insecurity. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in many ways, but especially the most vulnerable among us. That includes children whose return to school may be less successful than it could be — if there isn’t enough food at home. It includes tens of thousands of others, of all ages, in our immediate area who face an unstable food supply and higher food prices. 

That’s why Michigan Medicine is continuing to partner with Food Gatherers, to plan its fourth COVID-19 donation drive beginning on Monday, Aug. 30.  

Please consider supporting this effort to make this drive as successful as possible — and be sure to spread the word to friends and neighbors in your community circle. 

The collection effort will run through Sept. 26, and will include an online donation site at foodgatherers.org/um as well as an in-person drop-off point for food and toiletries at NCRC. The collection site is just off Huron Parkway.

Food Gatherers will channel the donated supplies and funds to more than 170 local organizations that serve people in need across our area – including the Meals on Wheels operation based at Michigan Medicine. Those organizations have seen double- and triple-digit increases in the number of people seeking assistance since the pandemic began. Forty percent of this increased demand are individuals seeking food support for the first time in their lives.

With your help, we can ensure that they and their children have the food they need to stay healthy during this incredible period in our history. 

Thanks in advance for your help and partnership. If you’d like to shop this weekend for items to bring next to the donation site next week, here’s a list of the most-needed items