ANN ARBOR – The Kiwanis Club of Ann Abor Foundation awarded Food Gatherers a $5,000 grant to support the Healthy School Pantry Program, which provides fresh produce and other groceries to families at certain Washtenaw County schools. The program will serve families at 18 schools in the 2019-2020 school year.
“The Healthy School Pantry Program is a great way for Food Gatherers to reach children and families that might not access our network’s resources otherwise,” said Eileen Spring, Food Gatherers President & CEO. “Families feel more comfortable getting food at schools, and it’s convenient for parents who are already there to pick up their kids. We are very grateful to Kiwanis for this grant, which will help more families access fresh fruits and vegetables, and encourage kids to try new foods!”
By removing the financial risk of buying unfamiliar produce that children may not like, the Healthy School Pantry helps parents introduce their kids to new fruits and vegetables. Food Gatherers expects to serve two more schools in the 2019-2020 school year than in 2018-2019. At program sites, schools distribute boxes containing produce and recipe cards, as well as other grocery items. Some schools operate full, permanent pantries.
This is Kiwanis’ largest ever grant to Food Gatherers. Grants from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation are funded entirely by the weekly Kiwanis Thrift Sale, which takes place Friday and Saturday 9AM – 1PM at 100 N Staebler Rd, Ann Arbor.
About Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers’ mission is to alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County. As the food bank and food rescue program for the county, we distribute more than 6.3 million pounds of food to 170 non-profit programs serving approximately 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children every year. For a list of our partner programs or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit www.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.