About the Food Bank Council of Michigan
The Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) was founded in 1984 through the cooperative efforts of the state’s regional food banks. The purpose of FBCM was to implement a unified strategy to address and alleviate hunger statewide by increasing emergency food resources and advocating on behalf of the hunger relief network. At the time, many cities in Michigan faced unprecedented unemployment rates and communities suffered as a result. Michigan food banks stepped in to provide emergency support for families and individuals without enough food.
Food Bank Council of Michigan Distribution Map
Each member food bank has a geographic service region in which they provide food resources to communities. Based on their region, some member food banks have supporting distribution warehouses. The member food banks and their supporting warehouses are able to take large donations of food. The local emergency food providers (agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters) then “shop” the regional food bank or warehouse to acquire food to meet the needs for their own community programs and services.
Over the past 33 years, FBCM and Michigan’s food banks have been agile and determined while facing high levels of food insecurity. The network has developed innovative strategies to respond to the specific needs of each community, sourcing large amounts of food at reduced costs and developing innovative programs and partnerships to increase food security for Michigan residents. Currently, 15% of Michigan residents and 18% of all children are considered food insecure. With a strong, unified Board of Directors, inspired executive leadership, and a talented group of staff members, FBCM is poised to execute a visionary strategic plan with the goal of creating a food secure Michigan.
The Food Bank Council of Michigan’s mission is to create a food secure state through advocacy, resource management, and collaboration among stakeholders and Michigan’s unified food bank network.
Michigan will become a food secure state when each person has access to proper nutrition acquired by dignified means.
Member Food Banks
The Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) is made up of member regional food banks. The regional food banks, along with their subsidiary distribution organizations and branch warehouses, safely store and provide millions of pounds of surplus vegetables, fruits and other grocery items to more than 3,000 local agencies serving each of the 83 counties in Michigan. Types of agencies include: food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, hospices, domestic violence shelters, head start programs, after school programs, half-way houses and group homes for the mentally ill.
The regional food banks service different geographic territories. These service territories are in place to ensure that each of Michigan’s 83 counties are served and to diminish duplication of services. Many of these regions contain subsidiary distribution organizations, branch warehouses or delivery sites to clusters of agencies in order to bring the product closer to the agencies. For more information, contact the food bank directly, visit their website, or call 2-1-1.
Food Bank Council of Michigan is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 38-2515765) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.