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Michigan Agricultural Surplus System
The Michigan Agricultural Surplus System (MASS) is an innovative partnership between Michigan food banks, the agricultural community and food processors.
Funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture since 1990, MASS works to procure unmarketable, yet nutritious, agricultural surplus for Michigan food banks. These Michigan-grown products are then safely and efficiently made available to local pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
In 2008, MASS "salvaged" close to 5 million pounds of fresh produce which was distributed to hungry individuals through the Food Bank Council of Michigan's state-wide network of food banks. MASS seeks to reduce food waste by encouraging redistribution of surplus food to the hungry. MASS provides a safe, fast and convenient system for the state's food industry to donate products, plus reimbursement to growers, packers and processors for costs incurred in preparing donations.
To learn more, download our MASS brochure.
To register, and become a grower/processor member with MASS, fill out the online registration form.