Michigan Harvest Gathering Participation Tackles Food Insecurity
Posted on December 14, 2018
With the conclusion of the 2018 Michigan Harvest Gathering, the MHA and its members have contributed nearly 40,000 pounds of food and more than $60,000 to help feed the 1.6 million people who are suffering from hunger in Michigan. The statewide campaign, which included donations from individuals, state employees and other sponsoring organizations, has raised more than $287,000 and about 52,000 pounds of food, which translates into approximately 2 million meals.
The donations made by the MHA and healthcare organizations across Michigan will be distributed to the Food Bank Council of Michigan's member food banks and more than 3,000 community agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
More than 40 MHA-member organizations designated project leaders and campaign teams to conduct food and fund drives in their facilities this fall; approximately 74 percent have reported their campaign results to date. Participating hospitals that have not yet reported their totals should do so online.
By focusing on food insecurity, healthcare organizations are addressing a key social determinant of health to help improve the lives of Michigan communities and families. Members with questions about the MHA’s involvement in the Michigan Harvest Gathering should contact Andrea Duguay at the MHA.
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