From a Michigan Harvest Gathering press release…..
19th Annual Michigan Harvest Gathering Campaign To Launch at Michigan Capitol
Campaign success is crucial as need for food is at an all-time high
WHAT: The Food Bank Council of Michigan will kick off its annual Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign on the Capitol steps on Thursday. The 2009 Michigan Harvest Gathering will run through November 12.
New to the campaign this year is an online fundraising component, Fill Michigan’s Fridge, that will allow donors to participate in a virtual food drive–which is a convenient alternative to the traditional food drive. The online food drive will be launched at the Capitol to begin this year’s campaign.
WHEN: Thursday Sept. 17, 2009
WHERE: Front steps of Capitol
WHO: Bill Schuette, Michigan Harvest Gathering Co-Founder
Former Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture
Dan Mulhern, First Gentleman
Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Secretary of State
Don Koivisto, Director
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Spencer Johnson, President
Michigan Health and Hospital Association
Jane Marshall, Executive Director
Food Bank Council of Michigan
WHY: Need for food in Michigan is at an all-time high in the midst of this difficult economy. The Michigan Harvest Gathering raises food and funds to support the nine regional food banks in Michigan. Regional food banks provide food for agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. This year’s goal is to raise $650,000 and 300,000 pounds of food, which would help secure 3.4 million meals for hungry people in Michigan.