Michigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Concludes

Michigan Harvest Gatherings

Michigan Harvest GatheringsFor several weeks, Michigan hospitals and health systems helped generate donations to the Food Bank Council of Michigan through the Michigan Harvest Gathering. The campaign ended Nov. 12, and the MHA will issue a final report in late November outlining the contributions of its members.

MHA-member organizations whose donations were made solely through the Michigan Harvest Gathering’s online donation site do not need to file a report. However, member organizations that conducted local campaigns with community partners should use the MHA Michigan Harvest Gathering report form to list contributions to this year’s campaign by Nov. 22.

Questions about reporting on the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erica Leyko at the MHA.

 

Michigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Kicks Off at News Conference

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MHA CEO Brian Peters presents check to Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan.

In his remarks at the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering news conference kickoff, MHA CEO Brian Peters noted the negative impact food insecurity has on health and how Michigan hospitals, for the 24th consecutive year, are supporting the Michigan Harvest Gathering. At the kickoff, Peters was joined by the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Michigan Harvest Gathering campaigns are underway at many Michigan hospitals, with those efforts running through Nov. 12. Hospital employees and community members can make online donations to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. Hospitals and health systems can also conduct local food drives with their community partners and report the total food collected or financial donations received for the Michigan Harvest Gathering to Erica Leyko at the MHA. The MHA will issue a final report on the contributions of the association and its members.

Questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Live Kickoff of 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering Scheduled for Oct. 26

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Michigan Harvest GatheringsThe MHA, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association will publicly announce the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering and Michigan Meal Challenge campaign Oct. 26. MHA CEO Brian Peters will speak on behalf of Michigan hospitals at the event in Lansing.

Many Michigan hospitals’ Michigan Harvest Gathering campaigns are underway and will run through Nov. 12. Hospital employees and community members can make online donations to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. When landing on the donation page, donors can choose their monetary contribution and, from the Select a Team drop-down box, scroll down to find the hospital or health system to which they are attributing the gift (hospitals and health systems are listed alphabetically). After selecting a team, donors will enter personal information and payment and submit their contribution. The Food Bank Council of Michigan will provide the MHA with the total contributions by hospital or health system following the campaign.

Organizations that are conducting a local food drive with a community partner should report the total food collected or financial donations received for the Michigan Harvest Gathering to Erica Leyko at the MHA. Questions about hospitals’ involvement in the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Michigan Harvest Gathering Virtual Kickoff is Oct. 20

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The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering will virtually kick off at 10 a.m. ET Oct. 20 through a Facebook Live event on the Food Bank Council of Michigan's page. The 30-minute virtual event will include remarks by MHA CEO Brian Peters; Phillip Knight, PhD, executive director of the Food Bank Council; Rep. Angela Witwer (D-Delta Township); former Attorney General Bill Schuette; and Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford).

As a partnering organization in this important cause, the MHA encourages donations through the Food Bank Council of Michigan's website. Donors may choose the hospital or state office they represent from a list on the site. This platform also features a virtual food bank, which allows visitors to pick from a menu of items to donate.

A list of 2020 project leaders can be found on the association’s Michigan Harvest Gathering webpage, and there's still time to submit a project leader designation form for those who haven't done so. Those with questions may contact Erin Steward or Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.

MHA Issues Call for Michigan Harvest Gathering Project Leaders

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The Michigan Harvest Gathering (MHG), a one-of-a-kind emergency food program supported by Michigan hospitals, the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s member food banks and more than 3,000 community agencies, will virtually kick off Oct. 20.

The pandemic has caused major hardship. Since mid-March, food distribution through Michigan’s food banks has doubled, averaging 4.5 million pounds of food per week.

To confirm support, members are asked to submit a project leader designation form through the association’s MHG webpage. This year’s campaign is fully virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the key responsibilities of a project leader will be to plan and carry out virtual fund drives. More details about how hospitals can generate online donations for their community and a virtual training for project leaders will be coming soon.

Questions on the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.