A year in review: our annual report!November 1, 2011
This summer I had the opportunity to volunteer at one of Food Gatherers weekly produce distributions. Eligible community members were referred to the distribution site by our network of agency partners. Collaboration of that sort, between Food Gatherers and agency partners, offers us direct service opportunities to quickly distribute surplus seasonal produce. Weekly produce deliveries are an important component of our Food Security Plan efforts to provide more healthy food to more people in need.
Standing among heaping boxes filled with fresh peppers, tomatoes, melons, squash, kale and beans, I worked with other volunteers that day to help shoppers with their produce selections. As they shopped, people also exchanged food prep tips and swapped recipes. One gentleman shared his best method for peeling tomatoes with me, and a young mother reminisced about her grandmother’s stuffed peppers. I was reminded that day of the range of people we serve: families with young children and teenagers, seniors, and people with disabilities. Though few who shopped that day knew each other, they were all connected by a common thread – hunger.
In the past year, you helped Food Gatherers distribute 5.25 million pounds of food, enough for 12,000 meals a day to nearly 44,000 Washtenaw County residents. This is more food than we have ever distributed before! It was possible because of you – our donors, volunteers, food rescue partners and staff. Alleviating hunger where we live is a big job, so to each of you – thank you so very much for gathering with us. You should be proud of the shared accomplishments outlined in the pages of this report. We are!
Thank you for gathering with us,
Board Chair, Food Gatherers
PS: Click here to view our new annual report, and join us in celebrating the generosity and achievements of our donors, volunteers, agencies and more from the past year.
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