Michigan potatoes, beans, dairy merchandise and different meals are headed to households in want throughout the state.
Wednesday, Might 27, 2020 6:32 p.m. EDT
by Will Kriss
LANSING, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — The Michigan State Police (MSP) is reporting that enormous meals donations are nonetheless being made throughout the state in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michigan potatoes, dry beans, dairy merchandise and extra are headed to struggling households throughout the state.
Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged a number of Michigan meals and agriculture companies for his or her donations to the Meals Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) and different non-profits as a part of the COVID-19 Response and Restoration Initiative launched earlier this month. The Michigan Division of Agriculture and Rural Growth (MDARD) has partnered with the Governor’s Workplace and the FBCM searching for donations of meals and funds as a part of the initiative.
“At a time when everyone is facing challenges, and the need for food assistance is so great, our food and agriculture businesses continue to answer the call for help,” Governor Whitmer mentioned. “We are also fortunate to have such a wonderful network of food bank staff and volunteers who know how to stretch a dollar and provide nutritious, wholesome food to people across the state.”
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of persons are dealing with financial hardship and meals insecurity, and are turning to meals banks for help. By its community of regional meals banks and distribution facilities, FBCM offers meals to greater than 3,000 native meals banks, soup kitchens and meals pantries throughout the state.
Meals banks are presently working at 4 instances their regular capability and are experiencing important bother securing meals to fulfill demand. Though the federal stimulus package deal will present future reduction, the U.S. Division of Agriculture has advised FBCM they won’t obtain meals via the federal program till July, nicely past the anticipated meals hole meals banks are dealing with proper now.
“I am continuously humbled by the generosity of Michigan’s food and agriculture community,” MDARD director Gary McDowell mentioned. “These donations will keep food on the tables of countless Michigan families who are struggling right now.”
The next meals and agriculture companies have made donations of meals and funds to the COVID-19 Response and Restoration Initiative to help meals banks in Michigan:
Michigan Bean Fee and its Michigan dry bean farmers, processors and shippers donated seven tons of dry beans to the FBCM for distribution to meals banks throughout the state. The beans have been delivered to FBCM’s seven meals bank companions in 7,000 two-pound packages for ease of distribution to households. The beans have been packaged by Howard Metropolis-based Carlson-Arbogast Farm and Pigeon-based Cooperative Elevator Co.
Michigan Turkey Producers, of Grand Rapids, a cooperative of household farms, donated 9,160 kilos of turkey, valued at $25,373.20, to Feeding America West Michigan.
Eden Meals, situated in Clinton, donated 7,868 kilos of soy milk, valued at $9,756.32, to the South Michigan Meals Bank.
Little Diablo Salsa, of Brighton, donated 125 kilos of salsa, valued at $232.50 to Gleaners Group Meals Bank.
The next have made latest donations of meals and funds on to meals banks in Michigan:
Michigan Potato Business Fee donated $5,000 towards the acquisition of a truckload of Michigan potatoes. A GoFundMe website established by MPIC raised one other $5,000 from Michigan potato growers and different potato trade companions, towards the acquisition of a second truckload of potatoes, for a complete donation of $10,000.
Michigan Farm Bureau Household of Firms, via its one-week Million Meal Problem, raised $187,405, or greater than 1.1 million meals. All funds raised have been donated to the Meals Bank Council of Michigan to be distributed to every of the seven regional meals banks throughout the state. Farm Bureau Insurance coverage and the Agent Charitable Fund every donated $50,000 to the problem, and matched extra donations from members, shoppers and supporters.
Dairy Farmers of America, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative, partnered with the Nation Contemporary Grand Rapids dairy processing plant to supply milk to Michigan meals banks. DFA is donating the milk and Nation Contemporary Grand Rapids is offering the milk to the meals banks for the price of processing. Greater than 56,000 gallons of two% milk was donated between April 15 and Might 15. DFA additionally partnered with Farm Nation Cheese in Lakeview to supply 20,000 kilos of cheese to Michigan meals banks for 50 cents a pound to cowl a portion of the processing and packaging.
Meals and agriculture companies who wish to prepare for a donation ought to contact MDARD at [email protected] If transportation help is required for donations, the state has secured vehicles and might help in donation pick-up and supply.
For different companies and people all for donating to the COVID-19 Response and Restoration Initiative, a safe on-line donation with the Michigan Division of Treasury will be made by visiting www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19 and clicking on “donations.” Donations of any dimension will be made by credit score or debit card.
Info across the COVID-19 outbreak is altering quickly. The newest info is out there at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.