Michigan charity celebrates distribution of 20 million pounds of food to feed the hungry

Hidden Harvest expects to distribute its 20 millionth pound of food in September

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SAGINAW, Mich. - An 18-year-old Saginaw-based anti-hunger group says it expects to distribute its 20 millionth pound of food this month.

Hidden Harvest says it's giving out 2.2 million pounds of food this year alone and expects to reach the 20 million pound level in September.

The Midland Daily News says Hidden Harvest supplies food items to 170 non-profit agencies throughout the region.

The group charges no fees or dues for food delivered to the soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, youth and senior programs it serves.

Hidden Harvest collects surplus food from restaurants, wholesalers, bakeries, grocery stores and other health safety-approved sources.

The food is then delivered in refrigerated trucks to the agencies that need it.

The group says it redistributed 59,852 pounds of surplus food items its first year.

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