At MBC we’re dedicated to making a positive impact in our communities by helping individuals and families in need. We do this through our commitment to help support charities that make a huge impact in the lives of many throughout our Michigan communities. One of the ways we raise money is with Friday Casual Days. Every month MBC employees can pay $20 for the privilege of wearing blue jeans or other casual attire on Fridays.

Our spotlight charity for November is Food Gatherers.

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community.

Established 1988, Michigan’s first food rescue program, Food Gatherers is not only Michigan’s first food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business, Zingerman’s Delicatessen.

A few days before Thanksgiving in 1988, Food Gatherers volunteers borrowed a van and collected 50 pounds of vegetables, bread, milk, and eggs from half a dozen grocery stores and restaurants. The food was quickly re-distributed to hot meal programs in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Today, Food Gatherers is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors and operated by 30 staff people and 7,500 volunteers. In Fiscal Year 2019, they distributed 6.6 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 5.5 million meals, to their neighbors in need.

170 non-profit agencies and programs providing direct food assistance in the form of hot meals, nutritious snacks or emergency groceries to low-income adults, seniors and children in Washtenaw County. Food Gatherers rescues food that would otherwise go to waste from more than 300 local sources including food retailers, restaurants and food wholesalers. As members of both the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Feeding America, they are connected to statewide and national corporate and government food donations.

https://www.foodgatherers.org/

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