Schuette, Secretary of State Johnson, Food Bank Council kick off 2017 Michigan Harvest Gathering

Posted at 3:48 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 10:26:56-04

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, and Phil Knight of the Food Bank Council of Michigan today kicked off the 27th Annual Michigan Harvest Gathering at the Cristo Rey Community Center in Lansing.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are common times for food drives, but food banks across Michigan need our support all year around. Hunger doesn’t check the calendar,” said Schuette. “The simple act of grabbing an extra can of soup or box of noodles can help our friends and neighbors in need.”

Food insecurity and hunger rates differ by county. In Michigan, 15% of households struggle to put food on the table, and 18% of children are unsure of their next meal.

“Every year, I am moved by how many people donate generously to Harvest Gathering and how much our staff has embraced this important effort,” Johnson said. “We see it every fall in every office across the state when we open our doors to collect food. Michigan residents dropped off 11 tons of food last year at our offices. I encourage people to again share what they can.”

Michigan Secretary of State offices are collecting non-expired, nonperishable food donations through Nov. 22.

“Once we conquer food insecurity, we can solve hunger,” said Dr. Phil Knight, executive director, Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Michigan Harvest Gathering is a way to raise awareness as we work to make Michigan a food secure state.”