Cynthia Schuette, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Food Bank Council of Michigan have been busy the last couple of weeks spreading the news about the 25th annual Michigan Harvest Gathering at Kickoff events around the state.
In 1991, Cynthia Schuette envisioned Michigan Harvest Gathering as a way to engage the whole state in hunger relief efforts. The success of Michigan Harvest Gathering over the last 25 years is in part due to the overwhelming compassion of many partnering organizations, including Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Michigan Secretary of State, State of Michigan employees, and GreenStone Farm Credit Services.
The campaign has also won the support of many loyal and generous donors, including Consumers Energy Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, Walmart Foundation, DTE Foundation, Meijer, General Mills, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, and General Motors Foundation.
Since 1991, Michigan Harvest Gathering has provided over 54 million meals to help stock the shelves of food banks throughout the state with nutritious fresh produce as well as shelf stable items. This year, Attorney General Schuette is confident that the campaign will provide 2 million meals for some of our state’s most vulnerable residents, including children, seniors, disabled individuals, and veterans. At present, 16% of Michiganders are considered food insecure, but this number spikes significantly for those who rely on others to feed them. 20% of children are at risk of hunger and seniors account for 18% of food bank clients.
On September 10, Attorney General Schuette led a team of hunger champions from Lansing to Detroit, sharing the need for support with audiences and media outlets. On September 17, the Michigan Harvest Gathering Kickoff brought the group to Flint and Grand Rapids.
Food Bank Council of Michigan extends sincere gratitude to all corporate, foundation, and individual donors who will help us reach the goal of 2 million meals in 2015.
Food Bank Council of Michigan would also like to thank our member food banks for their help in hosting Kickoff events, and for their hard work throughout the year to end hunger: Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Food Bank of South Central Michigan, and Forgotten Harvest.
Secretary of State branch offices will collect food donations through November 25, 2015.