Food Gatherers

Slow Farm
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The pandemic has impacted all parts of our economy, including the local agricultural community.  But, there are positives that have resulted and reasons for giving thanks, too!  Kim Bayer is owner of Slow Farm in Washtenaw County.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss COVID-19 impacts on local farming for this week's "Issues of the Environment." 


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Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring has been named 2021 Woman of the Year by the United Way of Washtenaw County.  The ceremony to honor her will be held virtually in March at the "Power of the Purse" event.  Spring and United Way of Washtenaw County president and CEO Pam Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the award, the work, and food insecurity as we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday in this week's "Washtenaw United."   


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Community groups in Washtenaw County expect to see an increase in food assistance demand during the holiday season because of the pandemic. 

Hope Clinic

The Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti has teamed up with St. Joseph Mercy Health System to provide food to outgoing patients who are recovering from COVID-19.  

Food Gatherers
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As we work through the Coronavirus pandemic, we must consider the needs of others, including basics like access to food.  For more than 30 years, Food Gatherers has put feeding the hungry and addressing food insecurity at the center of its mission.  During this public health crisis, the need for that work is increasing.  Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring joined WEMU's David Fair to tell the story of a community coming together to make sure those needs are met in this week's installment of "Washtenaw United."


Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine officials say they are "amazed" by the amount of support their food and medical supply drive has received so far.


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The holiday season is here, which leads to big get-togethers with lots of food.  Sadly, those less fortunate don't have that luxury, but there are ways to help them out.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers, about donating uneaten food to help the needy, which has some postive environmental impacts as well.


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Food insecurity and hunger is more pervasive in Washtenaw County than you might think.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United," WEMU’s David Fair finds out what is being done, in both the short and long term, to eradicate the problem.  In this conversation, Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring and United Way of Washtenaw County president and CEO, Pam Smith, discuss the progress made and the work still to be done.


Another holiday season has come and gone, which means vacations, New Year's resolutions, and holiday waste.  So, as the waste piles up, what are the most environmentally friendly means of disposal?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets some trash-removing tips from Angela Porta, who is the outreach and zero waste coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor.


Food Gatherers
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For the last three decades, Food Gatherers has recovered food that would otherwise be wasted. It has put it to good use by helping feed the hungry in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring. They look back at how the organization has grown, what it has  has accomplished and what the future may hold. 


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The 2017 holiday season is over, so what's going to happen to all of that holiday waste?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor, to discuss reducing, reusing, and recycling during the holidays, particularly how to recycle or dispose of difficult items like bubble wrap, batteries, and electronics, following the gift-giving season.


Food Waste
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist for Washtenaw County, about the magnitude of food waste, especially during the holidays.  She addresses some of the causes and offers tips for prevention and local resources for wasting less. 


Thanksgiving
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While many families will be feasting on Thanksgiving Day, there are hungry people going without. It is also a holiday in which a lot of food waste is generated. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, solid waste specialist for Washtenaw County, about the best ways to help others and responsibly deal with those Thanksgiving leftovers.


Washtenaw County
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The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders has awarded $4.5 million in human services funding to nonprofits in our county. 


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Every year, thousands of residents in Washtenaw county (and nearby Wayne county) go to Hope Medical Clinic on the south side of Ypsilanti for free food and medical care.  The executive director, Matt Hudson says they err on the side of compassion and will assist anyone who comes to them for help.

  Just recently they re-purposed an old building on Harriett Street as a farm stand to hand out free produce to those in need several times a week.  They are partners with Food Gatherers which grows and donates some of the free produce.

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For many, a holiday meal could bring a little bit of cheer.


Library Lunch Program Combats Summer Hunger

Jun 30, 2014
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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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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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  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.

 

Food Gatherers Grapple with the Cold, Too

Jan 28, 2014

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/

 

 

Food Gatherers

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.

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.


EMU and Food Gatherers Team Up to Help the Hungry

Nov 14, 2013

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.