Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community.
Established 1988, Michigan’s first food rescue program
Food Gatherers is not only Michigan’s first food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business, Zingerman’s Delicatessen.
A few days before Thanksgiving in 1988, Food Gatherers volunteers borrowed a van and collected 50 pounds of vegetables, bread, milk, and eggs from half a dozen grocery stores and restaurants. The food was quickly re-distributed to hot meal programs in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Today, Food Gatherers is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors and operated by 30 staff people and 7,500 volunteers. In Fiscal Year 2018, we distributed 6.3 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 5.2 million meals, to our neighbors in need.
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