The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is partnering with Food Gatherers— Washtenaw County’s food rescue/food bank program—to help fight hunger locally. Rotary Fights Summer Hunger Fund and Food Drive takes place March 5-16, 2018.
More than 80 local businesses and organizations will collect funds and non-perishable food items from community members. The goal for this year’s drive is to collect enough food to provide 80,000 meals throughout the summer.
The Rotary Club encourages people to take advantage of the Harold and Kay Peplau Match Challenge by making financial contributions to the campaign. During the drive, all monetary donations to Food Gatherers will be matched dollar-for-dollar. When matched, every dollar donated will provide enough food for six meals.
Food collected during the drive will be distributed to Food Gatherers’ network of 170 partner programs that provide food pantries and meal services for individuals and families throughout Washtenaw County.
These programs include more than 30 Summer Food Service Program sites that offer meals to children along with nutrition education classes.
Spring food drive donations are especially important for families with school-aged children who depend on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. When school ends for the summer, many lowincome families need help replacing those meals.
Food collected during Rotary Fights Summer Hunger Fund and Food Drive helps ensure that children in these families have the nourishment they need to grow healthy and strong.
What to Contribute
Food and Funds Community members may donate non-perishable food items and financial gifts during the campaign.
Bring food donations to the collection boxes at participating businesses.
Please consider donating the following most-needed items: low/no-sodium, high-protein products such as beans (canned or dried), canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.), and peanut butter; low/nosodium hearty soups (beef stew, chili, etc.); canned fruit; baby food and formula; Ensure or other supplemental nutrition drinks.
1. Make gifts of cash and checks (payable to Food Gatherers) at participating businesses.
2. Donate online at foodgatherers.org/rotary
3. Donate at Food Gatherers Warehouse, 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105. The Warehouse is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Donation Collection Sites
Find a complete list of businesses accepting food donations for the Rotary Fight Summer Hunger Food and Fund Drive on Food Gatherers here: http://www.foodgatherers.org/rotary2018
About Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers’ mission is to alleviate hunger and eliminate its root causes in Washtenaw County. As the food bank and food rescue program for the county, we distribute 6.5 million pounds of food to 170 nonprofit programs serving approximately 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children every year. For a list of our partner programs or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit www.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.