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Phone: 734-761-2796
PO Box 131037
Ann Arbor
Michigan 48113

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Target demographics: Non-profit programs serving low-income adults, families, seniors and children in Washtenaw County.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 non-profit programs including hot meal programs, emergency food pantries, shelters, residential programs and summer food programs.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Assemble food boxes, sort non-perishable food donations, ride along in our truck and help staff pick up and deliver food, and help prepare and serve meals at our Community Kitchen.

Geographic areas served: Washtenaw County


Food Gatherers' Community Kitchen Job Training Program is part of ourorganization's overall effort to not merely alleviate hunger but to endhunger. Students are at-risk youth (ages 17-21) who receive six weeks (120hours) of instruction in the culinary arts, food safety (ServSafe certification)  and community service.They obtain marketable skills and at the same time they are feeding ourneighbors in need. By targeting young at-risk adults who are often recipientsof food assistance, we hope to help them secure gainful employment in the foodindustry.

Food Gatherer''s mission is to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in the Washtenaw County community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food, coordinating with other hunger relief providers, educating the public about hunger and developing new food resources. Food Gatherers also offers job training in the food service industry to young people at risk of homelessness.
Founded in 1988, Food Gatherers was the first food rescue program in Michigan and among the first six in the United States. In the first full year of operation, with only one staff person, a borrowed vehicle and a shared attic space, Food Gatherers distributed 63,000 pounds of perishable food to a dozen community agencies. By 1990, food distribution had doubled. In 1996, Food Gatherers assumed the operations of the county food bank, which was connected to a state and national system of food procurement. Food Gatherers quickly evolved from a supplemental to a primary provider of food to local human service agencies throughout Washtenaw County. More than 60 million pounds of wholesome food has been rescued and redistributed to agencies on the front-line of hunger relief.

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I just started volunteering here recently, you get a real sense of helping the community out when you volunteer time here, an incredibly friendly place full of dedicated people working to make the world a better place... more »
Excellent use of resources. Very effective communication. Doing great work for the community. Staff and volunteers are committed and very dedicated. We are fortunate to have them in our community... more »
This non-profit is one of the best in our county. Sound fiscal management, compassionate leadership and a dedicated base of volunteers. I would highly recommend donating to this organization... more »
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