Summer Food Service Program

. July 16, 2019.

Getting nutritious food to children across Washtenaw County

Food Gatherers is a food service program that is dedicated to getting free food out to the community all year round. Currently, they are offering a summer food service program. Summer is a difficult time for those who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Over 8,000 children in Washtenaw County do not have reliable access to healthy food. To help children receive the nutrition they require, Food Gatherers is sponsoring 32 Summer Food Service Program sites until August 23rd. Children 18 years of age and under or those up to 26 who are enrolled in an educational program recognized by a state or local public educational agency are eligible for free meals. They will have sites in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Belleville. 

In an effort to alleviate hunger in our community across all populations, Food Gatherers was founded in 1988 when they became the first food rescue program in Michigan. It was founded by Zingerman’s Delicatessen. This program serves 170 non-profit agencies and programs to provide food assistance to low-income adults, seniors and children in the county. They get their food from local sources that would go to waste. Some of their food donors include Gordon Food Service, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Meijer Stores, Arbor Farms Market and the University of Michigan. In 2012 Food Gatherers created The Healthy School Pantry Program, where they distribute food to schools in Washtenaw County to increase access to healthy foods such as fresh produce. 

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out a volunteer application on their website. They also welcome donations of food and money. The Food Gatherers Warehouse is located at 1 Carrot Way in Ann Arbor. They are open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, and they accept donations 9am-4:45pm Monday-Friday, with extended hours to 6:45pm on Wednesdays, and 9am-3:45pm on Saturdays. 

For more information, call them at 734-761-2796 or email them at