October declared Harvest Gathering Month in effort to relieve hunger
Caroline MacGregor October 21, 2013 | WGVU On October 15th, House
Resolution 192 was adopted by the House of Representatives to support state
efforts to address hunger.
Kareemah El-Amin, Executive Director of the Food
Bank Council of Michigan, credits State Representative Andy Schor for helping pushing through the
legislation to highlight the importance of the program.
El-Amin believes HR 192 will help
strengthen the capacity of our state’s emergency food response efforts through awareness
about the need for help.
Over the years, the Michigan Harvest Gathering has
raised more than 8.6 million dollars and over 8.7 million pounds of food. Originally started 22 years ago by Attorney
General Bill Schuette and his wife Cynthia, the Food Bank Council of Michigan has raised
money and food each year for people suffering from what El-Amin calls “food
"any of their meals are going to come from"
El-Amin says more than 23% of
Michigan’s children live without a reliable source of healthy food. Money and
food collected through the Michigan Harvest Gathering program translates to millions
of meals distributed through member food banks.
This year the food bank council hopes to
raise $500,000 and 350,000 pounds of food.
To learn more about the Michigan
Harvest Gathering Campaign, visit www.feedmichigan.org. Michigan
residents can drop off nonperishable food items at their local Secretary of
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