Veteran resource center in Ann Arbor hopes to reach as many vets as possible
ANN ARBOR – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 423 in south Ann Arbor recently began operating as a veteran resource center in order to connect with vets in Washtenaw County. AdVeterans sit and talk at VFW Post 423 in south Ann Arbor on March 20, 2021. A veteran takes a pamphlet from a booth during the veteran resource center's open house on March 20, 2021. AdHe said the resource center provides a safe space to share stories and receive guidance and support. Vietnam veteran St. Larry Antoine attends an open house at VFW Post 423 in Ann Arbor.
What is Lasagna Love? How volunteers are helping families facing food insecurity
DETROIT – A new food movement is sweeping the nation to help families affected by the pandemic. The idea, Lasagna Love, is helping ease food insecurity for families. I drive around,” Jolie Abreu with Lasagna Love said. “We went from 16 volunteers ... Goal is feeding families.”The organization was founded to help families facing food insecurity due to the COVID pandemic. AdClick here to learn more about Lasagna Love.
Ann Arbor Boy Scouts to help food drive on Sunday afternoon
Members of Troop 27 wait to collect donations for the St. Francis Parish Food Drive in Ann Arbor on Nov. 14, 2020. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Sunday, members of Boy Scout Troop 27 will be at St. Francis of Assisi Parish from 2-6 p.m. to help donors during a Lent food drive. The food drive will accept non-perishable goods to give to Hope Clinic, Catholic Social Services of Northside Community Center, Foundations Preschool of Ann Arbor and Corpus Christi Parish in Detroit. Donations can also be dropped at the church food box near the main door. In November 2020, Troop 27 broke its single-day record by collecting 591 bags and boxes of food and personal items.
Rotary Club, Food Gatherers campaign to fight summer hunger kicks off on Monday
ANN ARBOR – The annual Rotary Fights Summer Hunger Spring Food Drive benefitting Food Gatherers will start on March 1 and run throughout the month. The partnership between Washtenaw County’s food bank and the Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor North and Ypsilanti is a yearly effort to alleviate hunger in the community during the summer months. Using the food and funds raised from the drive, Food Gatherers will supply its network of 170 partner organizations, including meal programs, food pantries and other emergency grocery services. Throughout summer break, Food Gatherers -- in coordination with its partners -- sponsors more than 25 Summer Food Service Program sites to provide meals to local students. Drop off food donations at the Food Gatherers Warehouse (same address as above) from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Ann Arbor staffing agency hosting food drive through Feb. 3
SAN MATEO, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Donated canned foods sit in a bin at San Mateo High School on November 29, 2017 in San Mateo, California. San Mateo High School students are counting thousands of cans of food and donated packaged food items for their annual food drive. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR – As the Big Game approaches, Express Employment Professionals of Ann Arbor is holding a “Souper Bowl Drive” to tackle hunger in the local community. Now through Feb. 3, Express Ann Arbor will be collecting canned goods to donate to Food Gatherers. Since 2014, Express Ann Arbor has employed more than 35,000 people.
Ann Arbor Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea locations host donations drive for veterans
Several Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea locations around Ann Arbor are hosting a collective food drive to help combat the hunger many homeless veterans face. Drop off donations at these Ann Arbor locations:Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea - Kerrytown: 407 N. 5th Ave.Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea - Meijer: 3145 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea - Plymouth Green: 3393 Plymouth Rd. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea - UM Liberty: 604 E. Liberty St.Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea - UM Union: 530 S. State St., Room 1300Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea - Washington Street: 123 W. Washington St.Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea - Westgate: 2503 Jackson AveThe Canton Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea location is also accepting VA donations. Starting today until 12/23, drop off donated items to Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green to support the VA Ann... Posted by Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green on Monday, December 14, 2020Related:
Michigan Medicine, Food Gatherers partner for third food drive during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine and Food Gatherers are partnering once again to meet rising need for food and supplies within the community. The drive began in March as a way for Michigan Medicine to collect much-needed personal protective equipment for its staff when supplies were low nationwide. In the spring and fall drives, Michigan Medicine and Food Gatherers raised the equivalent of 128,000 meals for individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Washtenaw County. According to Food Gatherers, cash donations are the most flexible option since it allows the organization to buy in bulk at reduced prices. PPE is not needed at this time at Michigan Medicine.
Fund drive raises more than 49K emergency food boxes for hungry Washtenaw County residents
ANN ARBOR – The annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fund drive by Food Gatherers, ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger raised 49,083 emergency food boxes for residents experiencing food insecurity in Washtenaw County. The final number shattered the initial goal of raising enough funds for 30,000 emergency food boxes. The 5-day fund drive went virtual for the first time this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The emergency food boxes will be distributed by our partner pantries throughout Washtenaw County and each box provides a week’s worth of meals for one person.”Since March, Food Gatherers’ partner agencies have reported a visitor increase of 30%-300% -- nearly half of whom have never had to seek food assistance before. Students from Community High School raised more than $82,000 for this year’s Rockin’ -- their largest-ever gift to the fundraiser.
Local group launches fundraiser for Washtenaw County service workers ahead of holidays
ANN ARBOR – A local group called the Service Industry Workers of the Ann Arbor Area, or SIWA3, has launched a fundraiser for service workers in Washtenaw County as the holidays approach. “We recognize the plight that service workers are in right now,” said SIWA3 founder Gabrielle Bussell. Since then, she has thrown her efforts into organizing and raising awareness full time for service industry workers in the area. Since the pandemic began, Bussell and her team have received more than 200 testimonials from local service workers about workplace grievances. 5% of workers reported employers refusing to allow sick workers to go home.
More people in Metro Detroit are facing food insecurity amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – While many people are preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner, there is a growing number of people who are worried about every meal -- every single day. It’s not about a one-time Thanksgiving turkey giveaway -- it’s about chronic food insecurity and uncertainty. Gleaners Food Bank, which has numerous programs and partners to feed families, has seen exponential growth by about 50,000 people every month. Boy Scouts help Ann Arbor food drive set single-day collection recordMembers of Boy Scout Troop 27 of St. Francis Parish helped the St. Francis Parish Food Drive break its single-day collection record on Saturday. According to event coordinator and Troop 27 alumnus Zach Damon, Troop 27 collected 591 bags and boxes of food and personal items -- enough to help over 100 local families.
Annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fund drive in Ann Arbor goes virtual
ANN ARBOR – With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Food Gatherers, ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger are preparing for their annual fund drive Rockin’ for the Hungry, which kicks off each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving -- also known as Giving Tuesday. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many residents in Washtenaw County to go hungry for the first time in their lives. “While Rockin’ may look different this year, one thing remains the same, no one in our community should go hungry,” Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers said in a statement. This year, Rockin’ for the Hungry aims to virtually raise enough funds for 30,000 emergency food boxes to help keep plates full in the community. Here’s how:Online: www.foodgatherers.org/rockinBy phone: call 734-606-0753By text: text ROCKIN to 734-888-9676By mail: checks made out to Food Gatherers (write Rockin’ in the memo line) can be mailed to PO Box 131037, Ann Arbor, MI 48113Related reading:
Boy Scouts help Ann Arbor food drive set single-day collection record
ANN ARBOR – Members of Boy Scout Troop 27 of St. Francis Parish helped the St. Francis Parish Food Drive break its single-day collection record on Saturday. According to event coordinator and Troop 27 alumnus Zach Damon, Troop 27 collected 591 bags and boxes of food and personal items -- enough to help over 100 local families. Members of the National Eagle Scout Association NESA Alumni of Michigan were also on site over the weekend. All year long, the church collects non-perishable foods from its members and from local residents. According to Washtenaw County’s food rescue program Food Gatherers, its 170 network partners have reported a 30-300% increase in community members seeking food assistance since the COVID-19 outbreak began in March.
Food Gatherers’ Eileen Spring named local United Way’s Woman of the Year
ANN ARBOR – Food Gatherers president and CEO, Eileen Spring, has been named United Way of Washtenaw County’s 2021 Woman of the Year. The award is given by UWWC’s Women United group to women who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the local community. Spring will be honored at UWWC’s annual “Power of the Purse” event on March 10, 2021, which will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spring was central in developing a food security plan in response to the increased need due to the pandemic. From June 2019 to June 2020, Food Gatherers distributed 7.8 million pounds of food to those in need.
Boy Scouts to help unload groceries at Ann Arbor food drive on Saturday
ANN ARBOR – Members of the local Boy Scout Troop 27 will be on hand Saturday at the St. Francis Parish Food Drive to help donors move groceries from their cars to the church from 2-6 p.m.Members of the National Eagle Scout Association NESA Alumni of Michigan will also be on site. Scouts will be in uniform at the front of the church for those who need assistance. The St. Francis Parish Food Drive is running now through Sunday. To sign up to make deliveries to these organizations on Sunday, click here. St. Francis of Assisi Parish is at 2250 E. Stadium Blvd.
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor awards $20K to Food Gatherers' COVID-19 response
ANN ARBOR – The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation Inc. has awarded $20,000 to Food Gatherers to help the Washtenaw County food bank and food rescue program in its response to fight local hunger. The number of visitors to food pantries has risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic -- up to 300% for some of Food Gatherers' 170 partner programs. “We are grateful for the Kiwanis Club’s commitment to help our neighbors facing food insecurity,” Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers said in a statement. “COVID-19 has added extra hardship for families facing food insecurity. Partner programs include meal programs, food pantries and emergency grocery services that serve food insecure families and individuals without access to nutritious food.
Four Washtenaw County organizations receive state grants to address racial disparities
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities has awarded four local organizations Rapid Response Initiative Grants. United Way of Washtenaw County, Food Gatherers, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and the Washtenaw County Health Department received over $1,000,000 in funds to continue to respond to the needs of communities of color that have been impacted by COVID-19. “The funding ultimately means reducing cases across our county and among our most vulnerable populations, ensuring our response to the pandemic centers equity. And at the state level and locally, that is and has always been the goal," Alize Asberry Payne, Washtenaw County Racial Equity Officer and a member of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities Community Action Team, said in a statement. Here’s how the funding breaks down:United Way of Washtenaw County: $500,000Washtenaw County Health Department: $248,000Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels: $144,600Food Gatherers: $150,000✉ Like what you’re reading?
Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti Rotary clubs raise 120,000 meals for children in Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR – The Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have raised the equivalent of 120,000 meals for Food Gatherers as part of the 2020 Rotary Fights Child Hunger fund drive. The clubs partner with Washtenaw County’s food rescue program each year to donate meals to children who experience food insecurity during the summer months when school’s out. The campaign brought together local organizations, businesses and individuals to combat a spike in child food insecurity caused by the health crisis. By adapting the traditional food drive, the Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti provided critical support to meet an unprecedented increase in need.”✉ Like what you’re reading? Partner programs include meal programs, food pantries and emergency grocery services that service families and individuals throughout Washtenaw County.
Ann Arbor’s Food Gatherers addresses record-breaking food insecurity during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Each month, local anti-hunger organization Food Gatherers continues to break records as it works to serve community members experiencing food insecurity brought on by economic hardship during the COVID-19 health crisis. Nearly half of these visitors had never sought emergency food before, and in August, one parent who attended Food Gatherers' Summer Food Service Program said it acted as a lifeline for her family. Without its thousands of volunteers, Food Gatherers had to drastically change the way it serves the community this summer. In response, Food Gatherers increased its monthly food distribution by nearly 30%, and broke its own record in June of the largest annual total pounds of food distributed. We expect there to be a real need for food for a very long time.”Anyone in need of food can contact Food Gatherers at 734-761-2796 or visit their website where they can find an up-to-date list of food distribution sites.
Here’s how to use SNAP benefits at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Community members with an active EBT/Bridge card can purchase food through the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. According to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market website, those using SNAP dollars just need to swipe their food assistance card at the market office window. Previously, Double Up program tokens were limited to $20 but the Ann Arbor Farmers Market suspended that limitation so community members can stretch their food assistance benefits even further. The Westside Farmers' Market and Pittsfield Farmers Market also support food assistance programs including the Bridge Card and Double Up Bucks programs. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 315 Detroit St.Related:
Michigan Medicine hosts second drive-up donation site with Food Gatherers
Those with extra fresh produce can take it to Food Gatherers Headquarters at 1 Carrot Way from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Find donation instructions through the Michigan Medicine Fund Drive for Food Gatherers campaign page. The donation site will also accept cards, drawings, decorated paper lunch bags and activity books for Meals on Wheels, a Michigan Medicine agency assisted by Food Gatherers. From March through June, Food Gatherers distributed more than 2.8 million pounds of food as the demands on the 170 agencies its serves have grown. Learn more about Food Gatherers through give.foodgatherers.org.
Heres where Ann Arbor YMCA is handing out free boxes of produce this week
ANN ARBOR, Mich. On Thursday and Friday, neighborhood sites around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti can anticipate their weekly visit from Ann Arbor YMCA. boxes of fresh produce from local, regional and national farmers through the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Every week, community members the community sites receive almost 1,000 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unless noted as closed, sites are open to the public. Updates regarding distributions sites will be made on the Ann Arbor YMCA Facebook page.
Ann Arbor YMCA continues free produce distribution Thursday, Friday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. On Thursday and Friday, Ann Arbor YMCA will distribute free boxes of produce to communities around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Every week, community members receive almost 1,000 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables from national, regional and local suppliers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing its efforts to provide relief for food insecurity the YMCA is participating in the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Unless noted as closed, sites are open to the public. Updates regarding distributions sites will be made on the Ann Arbor YMCA Facebook page.
Ann Arbor YMCA continues free produce box distribution this week
ANN ARBOR This Thursday and Friday, Ann Arbor YMCA will visit 15 neighborhoods to distribute free 25lbs. boxes of produce to communities that may not always have access to non-processed foods. Continuing its efforts to provide relief for food insecurity around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the YMCA is participating in the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Unless noted as closed, sites are open to the public. Updates regarding distributions sites will be made on the Ann Arbor YMCA Facebook page.
Heres where Ann Arbor YMCA will distribute free produce boxes on Thursday, Friday
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor YMCA will visit 15 neighborhoods on Thursday and Friday to distribute free boxes of fruit and vegetables to meet community needs. Continuing its efforts to provide relief for food insecurity around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the YMCA is participating in the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Updates regarding distributions sites will be made on the Ann Arbor YMCA Facebook page. The Villas Apartments: 2911 Bynan Dr., Ypsilanti -- 12:30-1:30 p.m.Glencoe Hills Apartments: 2201 Glencoe Hills Dr., Ann Arbor -- 1:30-2:30 p.m. Learn more about Ann Arbor YMCA through annarborymca.org
Ann Arbor YMCA continues free produce box distribution Thursday, Friday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Today and Friday, the Ann Arbor YMCA will visit 15 neighborhoods to distribute free boxes of produce to meet community needs. Continuing its efforts to provide relief for food insecurity in and around Ann Arbor, the YMCA is participating in the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Updates regarding distributions sites will be made on the Ann Arbor YMCA Facebook page. The Villas Apartments: 2911 Bynan Dr., Ypsilanti -- 12:30-1:30 p.m.Glencoe Hills Apartments: 2201 Glencoe Hills Dr., Ann Arbor -- 1:30-2:30 p.m. Learn more about Ann Arbor YMCA through annarborymca.org
YMCA Ann Arbor to distribute free produce boxes Thursday, Friday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Today and Friday, the Ann Arbor YMCA will be at 13 distribution sites this week to supply boxes of produce to those in need. Continuing the Ys effort to meet food insecurity needs in the Ann Arbor area, each box contains 25 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables from national, regional and local suppliers whose businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is part of the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. The Villas Apartments: 2911 Bynan Dr., Ypsilanti -- 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Learn more about Ann Arbor YMCA through annarborymca.org Like what youre reading?
Heres where Ann Arbor YMCA will be distributing free produce boxes on Thursday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor YMCA is continuing to distribute free produce boxes to community members in need. On Thursday, the Y will hand out 800 boxes of food at 11 different locations. The initiative is part of the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Distribution of the produce boxes will continue through August. Learn more about Ann Arbor YMCA through annarborymca.org
Heres where Ann Arbor YMCA will be distributing free produce boxes today, Friday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor YMCA will be distributing free produce boxes on Thursday and Friday at 14 different locations to meet community needs. This week, the Y will hand out 900 boxes of food. Each box contains 25 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables from national, regional and local suppliers whose business has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is part of the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. Distribution of the produce boxes was originally scheduled to end in June.
Food drive honoring local scout raises 127,000 meals for Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An annual food drive by Ann Arbor Boy Scout Troop 4 has collected funds for Food Gatherers that will provide 127,000 meals. The funds will support Food Gatherers’ COVID-19 response and programs within Washtenaw County as community partners report a significant rise in food insecurity. For 15 years, the troop has hosted the “Tim Esch Scouting for Food Birthday Party” in honor of Eagle Scout Tim Esch as part of the food drive. Each year the annual food drive collects donations and non-perishable foods by going door-to-door. To honor him, the food drive is done on the weekend of his birthday.
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital to pilot new two-year program using hands-on experiences, food education
ANN ARBOR Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital will soon begin piloting its new Nutrition Buddies program, a two-year program designed to teach teens about nutrition while providing them with farm-fresh produce and cooking classes. Over the course of the program, 80 participants aged 12 to 14 will learn about low-cost food and nutrition while participating in a Farm Share program, week-long summer camps and after school classes. According to Alexandra Babcock, the Lifestyle & Culinary Medicine Coordinator at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, the program has two goals: Educating physicians and giving participants confidence and autonomy regarding food choices. How we want to approach combatting chronic disease is through these different avenues. We want to be able to teach people that food can be the medicine that can prevent and reverse chronic disease. Like what youre reading?
Toyota invests $140K in Food Gatherers Summer Food Service Program
ANN ARBOR As local families mark the last day of school Friday, Food Gatherers has announced it is once again partnering with Toyota to support its Summer Food Service Program. Throughout the school year, these local children rely on free or subsidized breakfast and/or lunch, and Food Gatherers annual summer food program aims to fill those gaps. Food Gatherers is grateful for Toyotas investment in the summer food program, Helen Starman, Food Gatherers Chief Development Officer said in a statement. In addition to summer food, they have also supported critical food distribution during the pandemic. Like what youre reading? With the summer food program, Food Gatherers has really had to think about how to serve an even greater need, especially since the schools are closing.
Heres where Ann Arbor YMCA will be distributing free produce boxes on Thursday
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor YMCA will be distributing free produce boxes on Thursday afternoon to meet rising community needs. Now in its second week, the Y will be handing out the boxes from national, regional and local suppliers whose business has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is part of the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program. The boxes are 15 pounds and 25 pounds and contain apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit, carrots, potatoes, onions and lettuce. Sign up for our email newsletter here!
Ann Arbor YMCA to distribute produce boxes in Ypsilanti Township Thursday
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor YMCA, in partnership with Detroit-based Lagrasso Brothers Produce, will be distributing boxes of produce to anyone in need on Thursday in Ypsilanti Township. The property is across the street from the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office Ypsilanti Township Law Enforcement Center. The effort is part of the United States Department of Agricultures Farmers to Families Food Box program under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Our YMCA will be receiving a weekly shipment from Lagrasso Brothers Produce in Detroit and collaborating with several of our existing community partners to deliver and distribute produce boxes at their locations," Ann Arbor YMCA President and CEO Toni Kayumi said in a news release. "Each free 15 pound box of produce will include items such as potatoes, onions, apples, oranges, peppers, cucumbers, asparagus and lettuce.
U-M: Food insecurity spikes for low-income adults during coronavirus pandemic
ANN ARBOR Even before school closures and stay-at-home orders were issued in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, four out of 10 low-income Americans were struggling with food insecurity, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Julia Wolfson and Cindy Leung of the U-M School of Public Health have been measuring household food insecurity by using data from a mid-March survey of low-income adults across the country. According to their study, 44% of low-income adults in the country are food insecure, 20% experience marginal food security and 36% reported being food secure. Food is a core determinant of health and food insecurity is associated with numerous poor health outcomes, Leung, assistant professor of Nutritional Sciences at the School of Public Health, said in a statement. This study highlights the growing number of families facing food insecurity in the wake of COVID-19 who need additional support with food, finances, and child care.U-Ms Poverty Solutions Initiative funded the study.
Food Gatherers cancels annual Grillin fundraiser amid COVID-19 crisis
ANN ARBOR Food Gatherers announced Wednesday it is canceling its annual Grillin fundraiser to help alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County due to public health restrictions surrounding COVID-19. In response, Food Gatherers has launched a matching campaign to meet increased need to feed the community during the health crisis. Over the last two months, Food Gatherers partner programs have seen a 30%-300% increase in demand. And in April, Food Gatherers distributed the largest one-month total of food in the community in 31 years, marking a 30% increase from an average month. For updates on Food Gatherers COVID-19 response and how to get involved, visit foodgatherers.org/covid19.