Food Gatherers

WEMU News
4:31 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Library Lunch Program Combats Summer Hunger

The Ypsilanti District Library's Whittaker Rd. branch.
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The Ypsilanti District Library is doing its part to make sure that kids who qualify for free lunch during the school year don't go hungry over the summer.

A free summer lunch program started last Monday, and Librarian Shannon Bovis says more and more kids participated as the week went on.

"We have a capacity of 40," Bovis says. "We haven't given out 40 meals in one day yet, but hopefully we will soon."

About 30 kids piled into a reading room at the Whittaker Road branch this past Friday to enjoy a healthy lunch and a story read to them by Bovis. 

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WEMU News
4:24 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Food Gatherers Eyes Need For Summer Assistance

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More than 1,800 people came together for Sunday's Grillin' for Food Gatherers fundraiser.

The money generated from the event will be used to help the local non-profit organization combat food insecurity throughout Washtenaw County.

Food Gatherers President Eileen Spring says the money raised from yesterday's event will provide 35,000 meals and snacks between now and September.

Find out more about Food Gatherers online:

http://foodgatherers.org

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Community
5:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important

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  With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches Food Gatherers and Ypsilanti Community Schools are sponsoring Summer Food Service Programs.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on summer food programs for low income kids.
 
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WEMU News
7:24 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Food Gatherers Grapple with the Cold, Too

Non-profit organizations like Food Gatherers are feeling the impact of the frigid temperatures, snow, and ice.

 

Eileen Spring is the Executive Director of Food Gathers. She says this has been the most challenging winter she can remember.

 

SEE ALSO: As SNAP Benefits Decrease, Food Gatherers Ramp up for the Holiday Season

 

Spring says warmer weather will not only be a welcome sight, but will make a big difference in getting food to those who need it.

 

She anyone who is interested in getting involved with Food Gatherers or any of the organizations they work with can visit  www.foodgatherers.org/

 

 

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Hunger
5:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

As SNAP Benefits Decrease, Food Gatherers Ramp up for the Holiday Season

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WEMU's Bob Eccles talks with Food Gatherers CEO, Eileen Spring about the greater need for food assistance in the region and their plans moving forward into 2014.

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Community
2:08 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Food Gatherers Celebrates 25th Anniversary

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Food Gatherers.    The organization has grown from collecting about 50 pounds of food in the days leading up to Thanksgiving in 1988, to sharing 5.5 million lbs of food annually today. 

Food Gatherers relies on over 5,000 volunteers to collect, sort, and prepare food for 150 non-profit partner programs and the community kitchen at the Delonis Homeless Shelter.

Eileen Spring is the president of Food Gatherers.  She says unfortunately the demand for food remains high, although somewhat better than at the peak of the recession.
 
Spring says among the challenges Food Gatherers face is being prepared to flip food from a source that can't use it to an organization that can in as little as 24 hours.  She says in addition to unpredictability, they also must address the need for food year-round even though more than half of the cash donations and most food drives take place in the weeks around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Spring says a just completed addition to their warehouse will help increase the amount of fresh produce and protein they can accept and share.  She says going forward Food Gatherers is working with partner organizations to reduce food insecurity among children, which is particularly a problem in the summer months.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Food Gatherers helping provide food for 25 years.

Local News
3:07 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

EMU and Food Gatherers Team Up to Help the Hungry

Food Gatherers and Eastern Michigan University Athletics are working together to help feed Washtenaw County's needy this winter.  

Non-perishable food items are being collected at Monday's men's basketball game against Cleveland State, and at men's and women's games November 23rd and 30th. 

Items can also be dropped off in canisters at the EMU Convocation Center any time during the month of November.

Food Gatherers helps 150 local agencies and programs provide hot meals, nutritious snacks and other food assistance to low-income adults, seniors and children.

Visit foodgatherers.org for more information.Upcoming Donation Game Schedule
Nov. 13 - Women's Basketball vs. Butler - 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 - Men's Basketball vs. Cleveland State - 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 - Men's Basketball vs. Texas Arlington - 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 - Women's Basketball vs. Marygrove - 2 p.m.

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