Michigan Medicine, Food Gatherers extend Back to School Food Drive through Sunday

Volunteers wait to accept donations for Michigan Medicine and Food Gatherer's food drive in December 2020. (Michigan Medicine)

ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine and Food Gatherers have announced their Back to School Food Drive will be extended through Sunday.

The effort was initially scheduled to end on Sept. 26, but in-person donations and online donations will continue to be accepted through Oct. 3.

Donations can be made in person at Dock 90 at University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex. Signs are posted around the entrance directing individuals where to go.

Read: Michigan Medicine kicks off month-long food drive with Food Gatherers

Below are the drive’s most-needed food and toiletry items. Foods made from whole grains and low or no sodium canned food are preferred.

  • Hearty soups (beef stew, chili, etc.)
  • Canned meats (tuna fish, chicken, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Packaged pasta & rice
  • Whole grain cereal & oatmeal
  • Baking & cooking supplies (flour, sugar, oil, etc.)
  • Condiments
  • Nut butters or jelly
  • Kid-friendly snacks (granola bars, goldfish, etc.)
  • Baby food & formula
  • Ensure & other nutritional supplement drinks
  • Baby items (diapers, wipes, etc.)
  • Soap & shampoo
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Disposable razors

So far, the campaign has raised $11,297 -- this, in addition to the food donated is the equivalent of 37,000 meals. Online donations can be made here.

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