The 23rd annual Michigan Harvest Gathering mobilizes a state-wide effort to reduce hunger in Michigan.
The 2013 MHG Campaign will Kick Off on September 19th at 10am, on the east steps of the State Capital building. The event is led by Attorney General Bill Schuette and Executive Director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, Kareemah El-Amin. Since its inception in 1991, the Michigan Harvest Gathering has raised over $8.6 Million dollars and over 8.7 Million pounds of food, significantly benefitting the resources of Michigan food banks. This year, the goal of the MHG is to raise $500,000 and 350,000 pounds of food. To contribute directly and learn more about the Michigan Harvest Gathering Campaign, please go to www.feedmichigan.org
The Michigan Harvest Gathering incorporates a number of long-standing partner organizations, including the Secretary of State’s office, State of Michigan employees, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, and GreenStone Farm Credit Services. In addition to these partners, a number of supportive Corporate and Foundational Sponsors, as well as many Michigan families and residents, have made MHG such a successful event. The Food Bank Council of Michigan welcomes employee giving participation and other corporate sponsorships as a means to support the work of this program. Michigan residents are welcome to drop off nonperishable food items at Secretary of State Branch offices throughout the month of October. People are asked to donate items such as peanut butter, canned tuna and other meats, canned fruits and vegetables and soups. All nonperishable, non-expired food items are welcome.
Currently, 23.7% of Michigan’s children face hunger, living without a reliable source of healthy food. “The funds and food accrued through the Michigan Harvest Gathering program translates into millions of meals that are directly coordinated through our member food banks,” said Kareemah El-Amin. “This food includes fresh, Michigan grown fruits and vegetables in addition to more shelf stable items, vital to the nutrition of Michigan children.”
For more information about participating in the 2013 Michigan Harvest Gathering, contact Jenelle Jagmin at the Food Bank Council of Michigan at (517) 485-1202 or www.fbcmich.org. Support the Michigan Harvest Gathering today at www.feedmichigan.org.