Rockin’ for the Hungry Raises Over 1 million Meals

Donor drops off food at Kroger during the event

By Taylor Viers

Food Gatherers partnered with Kroger and Ann Arbor’s 107one to successfully raise the equivalent of 1,285,563 mels for Washtenaw Country during their annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fund drive.

During the five day drive, Food Gatherers received donations of food and funds from community members visiting Kroger in Washtenaw County to help provide free groceries and meals to support those facing food insecurity.

The donations gathered will support Food Gatherers’ food bank and food rescue program which when partnered with over 170 programs and agencies, has been set to distribute more than 9 million pounds of food through the entire year.

Food Gatherers’ mission is to create a healthy community which starts with reliable access to nutritious food. By working together, Washtenaw County residents have proven that the community can build a more equitable and food secure future for all of our neighbors.

During the event, thousands of donors including individuals, students, businesses, and nonprofits stepped up to support the cause by donating groceries and funds. Ann Arbor’s 107one DJs promoted the drive through a live broadcast as well as through Food Gatherers’ Facebook page.

Generous donations from the Harold and Kay Peplau Family Fund, Kroger, and other community sponsors, matched the donations raised at the event including Community High School students who raised over $77,000 and was matched 1:1!

For a list of Food Gatherers’ partner programs or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, visit https://www.foodgatherers.org or call 734-761-2796.