GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan Harvest Gathering this month celebrates its 25th year of statewide hunger relief with its inaugural bus tour starting Thursday, Sept. 10 and continuing on Sept. 17.
The tour kicked off at the Lansing City Market and then headed to the Gleaners Community Food Bank with the goal of raising awareness and funds to help stock Michigan’s food banks for the year ahead. On Sept. 17, the tour resumes in Flint at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and then travels to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Grand Rapids, where Michigan Harvest Gathering founder Michigan Attorney General Schuette will be joined by Michigan Secretary of State Chief of Staff Mike Senyko as well as representatives from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Feeding America West Michigan and Food Bank Council of Michigan.
“The Michigan Harvest Gathering is our way, our Michigan way, to help feed those who are in need in our great state,” said Schuette. “Since our beginning, we’ve raised nearly 10 million pounds of food and $10 million to stock the shelves and pantries of food banks across the State of Michigan. The Michigan Harvest Gathering is a hopeful way to help those in need.”
“There’s no doubt that Michigan’s economy is improving. But the sad fact is that thousands of our neighbors have been left behind,” said Ken Estelle, CEO of Feeding America West Michigan. “In our region, West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, we’re providing food to nearly half a million people in need each year. Yet we firmly believe our state has the capacity to solve this problem. Campaigns like the Michigan Harvest Gathering are a perfect example of what it will take to solve hunger: organizations and individuals, the public and private sectors coming together to make sure good food is available to every neighbor in need. We’re so grateful to be a part of it again this year.”
Michigan Harvest Gathering was founded in 1991 by Attorney General Bill Schuette and his wife, Cynthia. Partnered with the Food Bank Council of Michigan, Michigan Harvest Gathering’s campaign has raised over 54 million meals for those in need.
One of the Michigan Harvest Gathering beneficiaries, Feeding America West Michigan distributes food through a network of more than 1,100 food pantries, youth programs and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 counties from the Indiana border through the Upper Peninsula. Each year, an estimated 492,100 people receive food from Feeding America West Michigan.
To donate or find out more about the Michigan Harvest Gathering, please visit: feedmichigan.org.
The Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) was founded in 1984 through the cooperative efforts of the state’s regional food banks. The mission of FBCM is to create a food secure state through advocacy, resource management and collaboration among stakeholders and Michigan’s unified food bank network.