Gratitude for a strong finish to spring food drive: More than 28,000 meals donated
In just over two weeks, members of the Michigan Medicine community and local residents donated enough food and funds to provide 28,278 meals to neighbors in need and support their health in the face of rising food prices. The donations, which Food Gatherers will distribute to more than 170 community partner agencies, also included 456 pounds of essential toiletries.
“Thank you to everyone who gave, bringing our total for the past two years to 309,000 meals’ worth of donations and showing our commitment to addressing food insecurity and preventive health needs across local areas we serve,” said Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for U-M Health. “Access to a consistent, healthy food supply is an important social determinant of health and is in continuing jeopardy with lingering effects of the pandemic and price inflation that particularly affects many neighbors across our communities. Michigan Medicine’s contributions demonstrate a commitment to caring, equity, teamwork and community health.”
In addition to the food donations, the Michigan Medicine community provided 5,723 pounds of toiletries over the course of the five drives held since April 2020. Denton noted the importance of these basic necessities as federal food aid can’t be used to buy non-food items such as toothbrushes, diapers and soap.
Denton also thanked the staff who helped make the drive possible, including those at the dropoff site at the North Campus Research Complex and those who coordinated collection efforts within their departments. In fact, the online giving site, www.foodgatherers.org/um, is still open for donations that help Food Gatherers buy healthy food at wholesale prices.
Another food drive is planned for later this year and ?department teams are encouraged to talk ?and plan about how they could create a local collection spot in their work area.
In the meantime, teams ?or individuals that want to help Food Gatherers by volunteering at its warehouse or community kitchen can learn more at https://www.foodgatherers.org/get-involved/volunteer/.