Rotary Fights Child Hunger Food Drive Has Begun!

ROTARY FIGHTS CHILD HUNGER!

Spring Food Drive

March 7March 18, 2022

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on demand for food resources in Washtenaw County. In the first six months of the pandemic child food insecurity in our community doubled; today the rate is decreasing, but still remains 12% higher than before the pandemic. Many schools and workplaces have returned to in-person and if your location would like to collect food items, that is wonderful and appreciated, but raising funds allows Food Gatherers to use its bulk buying power to distribute more food in our community and will remain our focus.

Child Hunger Food Drive

Rotary is partnering with Food Gatherers – Washtenaw County’s only food rescue and food bank program – to fight hunger in our community. More than 80 local businesses and organizations, and local Rotary Clubs will collect funds and non-perishable food items for Food Gatherers to distribute to 170 non-profit partners and programs working to alleviate hunger in our community. Examples of these partners include the Salvation Army, Dawn Farm, Ozone House, Peace Neighborhood Center, Perry Nursery School, Dexter Senior Center, SOS Community Services, the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, and Hope Clinic.

Hunger is real in our County. Before the pandemic, 1 in 7 individuals living in Washtenaw County faced food insecurity, meaning they didn’t have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Now, almost two years into the pandemic, more of our neighbors, friends, and co-workers are relying on Food Gatherers to feed themselves and their families. Since March 2020, Food Gatherers has distributed record breaking amounts of food to address the significant rise in food insecurity as a result of the pandemic.

The goal of the Rotary Fights Child Hunger food drive is to gather food and funds to provide 150,000 meals. The food and funds collected during the Rotary food drive will help ensure that children in living in our community have the food they need to grow healthy and strong. The meals raised will be available to children and families through Food Gatherers’ network of 170 partner programs, including  Summer Food Service Program sites providing meals for children in the summer and the Healthy School Pantry Program distributing free produce boxes and groceries at local schools.

 

How Can You Help?    

To host a fund drive:

  • Financial donations (cash, check, credit card, Pay Pal) allow Food Gatherers to purchase needed food at bulk rates, getting more pounds of food per dollar than your purchase in the grocery store. For every $5 donated Food Gatherers can provide 15 meals to our hungry neighbors.
  • This year, gifts of $25 or more made through the Rotary Fight Summer Hunger food drive will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 by the Harold & Kay Peplau Family Fund. A gift of $25 will provide enough food for 150 meals when you include the match!
  • Businesses can collect gifts of cash, checks (made payable to Food Gatherers), or direct donors to give onlinehttps://give.foodgatherers.org/ge/rotary . Cash and checks can be delivered to the Food Gatherers warehouse at the end of the food drive. Food Gatherers will issue receipts for all gifts made by check or online.
  • To make a bigger impact…you can create your own Rotary Fights Child Hunger fundraising page. Visit https://give.foodgatherers.org/ge/rotary click on “Register Your Own Team” or “Participate as an Individual”, create your page, and share it via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Use this page to challenge co-workers, friends, and family to join the fight against hunger! Donations made to individual or team pages also qualify for the matching funds.

Spread the word! Whether you host a food drive, a fund drive, or both, this is the most important thing you can do! Include information in your company newsletter, in employee paychecks, and organization wide e-mails.

Food and fund drop-off

Though the focus in on fundraising, if you do have food items to donate, bring them to the Food Gatherers warehouse anytime during the drive. The drop-off is contactless, simply pull up to the large orange loading door and call the phone number posted there for next steps. Please include your completed Rotary Donor Form with your donation so that your collected food can be reflected in the Rotary total.

Food Gatherers:                 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Food Drop-Off Hours:        Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

 

Directions to Food Gatherers

From Plymouth Road. Take Plymouth Rd. to Nixon Rd. (in front of U-M North Campus Research Complex). Head north on Nixon Road. Turn left on Dhu Varren Rd. Turn right on Carrot Way at the Carrot Way Apartments. Look for the Food Gatherers’ warehouse at the end of Carrot Way.

From Pontiac Trail. Head north out of town approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Dhu Varren Rd. Pass  Olson Park. Turn left onto Carrot Way.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns prior to or during the food drive, please contact your assigned Rotarian or Todd Kephart by email at toddkephart@risadvisory.com.

 

About Rotary

Rotary International is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. To learn more about The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, visit the web at http://www.a2rotary.org/

 

About Food Gatherers

Food Gatherers is the food bank and food rescue program serving Washtenaw County. The lead agency for hunger relief in the County, Food Gatherers supports a network of 170 community partners with free and low-cost food, deliveries, and trainings. We operate several large direct service programs — the Food Gatherers Community Kitchen, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Healthy School Pantry Program — and work closely with community schools, universities, and healthcare providers to address gaps in services. Because hunger will not be solved with food alone, we advocate for policies and system changes to create an equitable food system.

 

In our last fiscal year, Food Gatherers distributed 9 million pounds of food — the equivalent of 7.5 million meals.  For a list of food donors and recipient agencies, or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger, please visit www.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.

 

To learn more about hunger in our community, visit: https://www.foodgatherers.org/get-involved/advocate/learn-about-hunger/