September is Hunger Action Month
The Ann Arbor food bank is called Food Gatherers. They started in 1983 as a way to take surplus food from various markets and safely distribute it to people in need. Now, with a large volunteer staff and professional management, they have grown to include many types of food, and especially to try to provide healthy foods like fruit and vegetables. Need is growing, and they have been effective in increasing their services. Their mission:
"We rescue local food and leverage state and national food resources for hunger relief. We lead a network of hunger relief providers and engage the public in the fight against hunger. We create and sustain innovative new food programs in response to emerging needs. We recognize that hunger will not be solved through the provision of food alone, so we advocate for policies and system changes to create an equitable food system."