Food Gatherers was established in 1988 as Michigan’s first food rescue program. They provides direct service through their community Kitchen and Job Training Program. With 1,500 volunteers, they prepare and serve more than 100,000 meals to people in need every year.
Looking at the dining halls, restaurants, cafes and food stands around campus everyday, you might not think there are people within our community that needs help with the basic human right – food.
In fact, 1 in 7 people struggle with food or hunger in Washtenaw County. Families that face food insecurity (lack of access of food for a healthy life) frequently skip meals and make portions smaller to make food last longer.
As student athletes, my teammates and I have volunteered to help out with the meal preparation process at Food Gatherers. We spend a couple hours of our weekend serving meals for over 70 people. I can tell you from my volunteering experience, serving such large group is not easy. Food Gatherers is doing this almost every day, sharing the belief that everyone can play a role in the fight against hunger.
Earlier this year, the football team also initiated a food drive for Food Gatherers, collecting non-perishable food from all teams. With our active participation, we donated enough food for 5,720 meals!
After working closely with them and understanding their great cause, we continued our support to Food Gatherers by making them as one of our Mock Rock Beneficiary. We will get out of our elements on March 18th at 7p.m. in Crisler Center and show our support to fight hunger in the community.
YOU can support Food Gatherers by donating HERE or purchasing a ticket below:
Thanks again for the support and see you on March 18th!
For more information about Food Gatherers: foodgatherers.org