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Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County’s Food Rescue/Food Bank Program
Spring Food Drive
March 16 – March 27, 2015
Contact: Todd Kephart 734.769.7727
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, in partnership with Food Gatherers, invites the community to join them in gathering needed non-perishable food items as they partner with Washtenaw County’s food rescue/food bank program – Food Gatherers – in the fight against hunger locally. From March 16 to March 23, local businesses and organizations at more than 70 locations will be working with the partners to collect much-needed food items to be distributed to the 150 non-profit programs Food Gatherers works with every day of the year in the effort to alleviate hunger in our community. Tax-deductible cash donations may be made online at www.foodgatherers.org/rotary. All cash donations received during the drive will be matched dollar for dollar through the Harold and Kay Peplau Match Challenge. Each dollar donated will provide six meals for a child in need.
Food donation programs in our county have become increasingly important as the economy continues to force individuals to make painful choices between shelter, healthcare, utilities and food. Currently, more than nearly 44,000 individuals in Washtenaw County—including more than 14,000 children and 6,500 seniors—receive emergency food each year through Food Gatherers’ distribution to local food pantries and meal sites. This food drive is particularly timely, because it comes just as food collected from the community during the holidays begins to dwindle. Also, as the end of the school year approaches, families face the end of school breakfast and lunch programs which disappear during the summer months. The food bank is in particular need for high-protein products such as peanut butter, tuna, canned meats, beans, chili, hearty soups and stews, plus canned fruit, baby food/formula,, and Ensure or other nutritional supplement drinks. Unopened personal care products are also welcome such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, diapers, etc.
One in seven individuals are at risk for hunger in Washtenaw County, including one in six children. Food Gatherers will distribute over six million pounds of food this year. The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor takes a hands-on approach to help address issues of hunger in our community, and has held this food drive for the past 11 years. Club members build and distribute the collection boxes to the now more than 70 locations throughout the area, then collect the donated food and deliver it to Food Gatherers.
Though the main goal of the drive is to collect food, tax-deductible monetary donations will also be accepted as Food Gatherers can turn just $5 into 13 adult or 30 child meals.
All checks should be made out to Food Gatherers.
To learn more about the state of hunger in our community and to see a complete list of needed food items, visit www.foodgatherers.org
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