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April 16, 2013

Great organization that uses its resources wisely.

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2012

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

Food Gatherers is an organization with their "heart in the right place". They are committed to making our community better, in a variety of ways. We are lucky to have them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in the difference they make in clients, volunteers and community members lives.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get it more money

November 23, 2010
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November 23, 2010
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I love that I can donate fresh garden produce to Food Gatherers! So many food shelters can only take non-perishable processed foods. So this year, I grew a large plot of pumpkins and potatoes specifically for them to distribute this year. Each time I came in with a donation, they recognized me and updated me on how the vegetables were being used - mostly for pumpkin muffins at the shelter downtown. It made me feel good that I was helping some folks get a much-needed meal that's really nutritious.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...their great "donor care." They know me by sight and greet me by name when I come in and generally make me feel like I'm actually helping address food insecurity.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...build one in every county.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 23, 2010
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November 23, 2010
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I have volunteered at Food Gatherers -- n the warehouse and in their kitchen at our local shelter -- as part of my company's ongoing support of Food Gatherers. As a volunteer, I have been impressed with professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment, imagination, and humor of the staff. I'm also a contributor to Food Gatherers (both food and money) because I know that my contributions are being used in the most effective way to help people and to promote good health in our community. Though I am a volunteer and donor, I'm writing as a "General Member of the Public" because I see the Food Gatherers trucks everywhere when I'm out in the public and I have been following its history since its beginnings in the late '80s. Food Gatherers is part of the fabric of our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a volunteer, I have seen an efficient and professional organization as well as a caring and committed one. As a donor, I have seen community needs met in the stocking of community kitchens and in providing nutritious food for people in need. I have seen food resources that would have gone to waste directed to people who need them.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Upgrade online donation function so that donors can actually "grocery shop" for Food Gatherers. Sort of like a gift registry.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

I volunteer in the community kitchen weekly. The food that we serve is resteraut quality and the people we serve are very thankful to have a good hot meal. Some of our people that come in say it's their only meal of the day. There are working people who just do not have enough money for food. Thank you Food Gatherers for making a difference in Ann Arbor.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How greatful the people are and how professional and caring the Employees and volunteer's with Food Gatherers are.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take it nation wide.

January 27, 2010
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January 27, 2010
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I've been a volunteer on pick-up and delivery routes for a couple of years now. It's one of the best things I've ever done. I'm continually impressed by the operational efficiency of Food Gatherers right down to the most microscopic details. This focus is unique in non-profits, in my experience. Also, the people are truly outstanding. I look forward to every shift. Truly can't say enough good about this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their efficient operations and focus on excellence.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being out on the road with the drivers and getting to interact with those I'm helping.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Engaged - but balanced and realistic about how to do the most good the most efficiently.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create a farm operation to grow supplemental fresh produce to fill in supply gaps in donated food.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to take shifts every week instead of every other.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Matching supply with demand; there are a lot of hungry people in Washtenaw County.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you're looking for a positive volunteer experience, try Food Gatherers. If you want to make a financial donation and ensure your money's working hard, try Food Gatherers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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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.