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Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Saline
Rotary Spring Canned Food Drive
March 10 – March 21, 2014
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor,
Ypsilanti, Dexter and Saline
In support of
Food Gatherers
Washtenaw County’s Food Rescue/Food Bank Program
Contact: HughMorgan  734.355.7159
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
The Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline and Ypsilanti invite 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 10  to March 21, more than 80 local businesses and organizations will be working with the Rotary Clubs 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.
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. 
We will gladly accept any non-perishable food you can contribute; but, Food Gatherers is especially in need of: tuna, peanut butter, canned meats, stew, hearty soup, chili, beans (kidney, pinto, green, black, refried, lima), canned fruit, cereal, 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.
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 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