Rockin’ for the Hungry Food and Fund Drive Launches on Giving Tuesday

This holiday season, one in seven residents of Washtenaw County won’t have enough to eat and many will turn to local organizations for help. During the Rockin’ for the Hungry food and fund drive, community members can join Food Gatherers and ann arbor’s 107one at Washtenaw County Kroger stores to raise one million meals for food insecure people in our community. Gifts made during Rockin’ will be matched 1:1 thanks to generous community members, including Harold & Kay Peplau and Irene Fast.

“When you make a gift during Rockin’, you will provide meals to our neighbors facing hunger by supporting our network of 170 partner programs and agencies distributing food throughout Washtenaw County,” said Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers. “The generosity of the local community helps put more meals on more tables during the holiday season and all year long.”

Food Gatherers staff and 107one radio personalities will be “freezin’ for a reason” from December 3-8 during a six-day live radio broadcast outside of local Kroger stores. Community members can join us in person or by tuning in to 107.1 FM to hear updates, interviews with community leaders, and donor sponsored power hours.

Donating is easy! You can make a financial gift or donate non-perishable food at any Kroger store in Washtenaw County, make a gift in-person at Rockin’, give online at, or call Food Gatherers (734)761-2796. During the special Rockin’ gift match, a financial gift of $5 can provide 30 meals to food insecure families, adults, and seniors in our county.

Washtenaw County Kroger stores are vital partners in the fight against hunger. Kroger’s Zero Hunger, Zero Waste initiative demonstrates the company’s commitment to ending hunger in our community while eliminating waste from its stores.

Ways to contribute: • In person at Rockin’: make a donation to Food Gatherers staff and volunteers outside the Kroger store on Plymouth Road (Dec. 3) or Maple Road (Dec. 4-8). • At any Kroger register: contribute at the register in any Kroger store in Washtenaw County. • Online: Go to • By phone: Call Food Gatherers at (734)761-2796 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., MondayFriday.

Live broadcast schedule: • Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Kroger, 2641 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor • Wednesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 7, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. @ Kroger, 400 South Maple Road, Ann Arbor • Sunday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Kroger, 400 South Maple Road, 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 6.6 million pounds of food to 170 non-profit programs serving approximately 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children annually. For a list of our partner programs or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit or call (734)761-2796.