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Michigan Alliance to Stop Hunger (M*A*S*H*)
Project Purpose & History
In 1995 the Building Bridges Network was developed with state funding through the Community Food and Nutrition Program. The Food Bank Council of Michigan, Hunger Action Coalition and the Community Action Agency Association worked collaboratively to establish and develop local food coalitions in 5 regions of the state. The purpose was to strengthen the anti-hunger message as well as build local partnerships between agencies and advocate for programs and resources improve access and service delivery to low income people.
Though the initial project was completed in 1997, partnerships and collaborations in many of the communities still exist today. This is due to the local leadership and support for anti-hunger and emergency food programs and the fact that hunger in Michigan is still prolific and the need for good nutrition remains.
The Food Bank Council of Michigan recognized the benefit of revitalizing the Building Bridges Network in order to:
-restore and build communication, along with information dissemination between service providers around the state
-assess community demand for food and nutrition programs
-educate the public and policy makers about hunger and possible solutions
-support and encourage volunteers and staff of service provider organizations so that food resources continue to be available in local communities.
The network is now called the Michigan Alliance to Stop Hunger (M*A*S*H*.)
About Our M*A*S*H* Funder... MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is one of the largest privately-supported philanthropic organizations addressing hunger in America. MAZON (Hebrew word for "food") raises funds principally by asking American Jews to contribute 3% of the cost of their life-cycle celebrations and then makes grants to nonprofit organizations working in the United States and abroad to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Since its founding in 1986, MAZON has awarded grants totaling over $34 million to emergency feeding programs, food banks and anti-hunger advocacy groups, multi-service organizations offering food, shelter and counseling, and small-scale hunger relief and development projects in Israel and poor countries.
For more about MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger visit http://www.mazon.org/
For more information on M*A*S*H* contact the Food Bank Council of Michigan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-485-1202 or 800-552-4483.