Food insecurity and health outcomes go hand in hand, as those who struggle to put food on the table are at a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. In 2020, more than one million Michiganders faced food insecurity – including 300,000 children. The COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened this issue.
In an effort to combat food insecurity throughout the state, the MHA, alongside the Food Bank Council of Michigan, invite hospitals, health systems and the general public to participate in this year’s Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign, kicking off Oct. 10. Over the past 30 years, the program has raised awareness and funds to support food access for people at all walks of life. According to Feeding America, every dollar donated provides an average of 10 meals to those in need.
Donations can be made through the Food Bank Council website, either with a monetary contribution or by selecting from a variety of food products to donate. Healthcare professionals who wish to attribute their donation to an employer can select from a list of hospital and health systems under the donor information tab, which appears just before entering personal information and payment.
Questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward.