MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ISSUES HARVEST GATHERING UPDATE
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture today released the following Michigan Harvest Gathering Update:
FOOD DONATIONS EXCEED GOAL -- AG CHIEF SAYS 'KEEP ON GIVING'
LANSING -- State Agriculture Director Bill Schuette says the Michigan Harvest Gathering has already exceeded one of its goals but that shouldn't deter Michigan companies and individuals from giving now or anytime in the future.
"Contributions from Battle Creek area businesses earlier this week pushed us over the 100,000-pound goal for food collections," said Schuette. "This comes 13 days before the official end of the drive. I am thrilled with the response." But he encourages everyone to keep on giving. "Michigan's food banks need our support all year around. Hunger is not limited to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It knows no calendar or age."
Schuette said the goal of raising $100,000 has not yet been met.
MICHIGAN BELL BOOSTS DRIVE WITH $10,000 CHECK;
OTHER COMPANIES TO FOLLOW
DETROIT -- Michigan Bell has become the first company to contribute $10,000 to the Michigan Harvest Gathering. State Agriculture Director Bill Schuette said, "I was delighted when Ken Millard called and offered such generous support. It speaks volumes about the commitment Michigan businesses have to their communities and the people of this state."
Kenneth Millard, president and chief executive officer of Michigan Bell, said, "We also have enlisted the support of our employees, as well as the Telephone Pioneers of Michigan, to contribute canned goods and money for the Michigan Harvest Gathering.
"We feel this is an extremely worthwhile project and we're pleased to be part of it."
MICHIGAN HARVEST GATHERING PLEDGES TO DATE:
Food: 149,186 pounds
REGIONAL PICKUPS GATHER MORE FOOD AND FUNDS
Grand Rapids Kicks Off Collections
GRAND RAPIDS -- Bill Schuette and Michigan's first Lady Michelle Engler made Grand Rapids their first regional stop when they accepted local donations at West Michigan Gleaners' new headquarters on Front Avenue. The Oct. 28 visit was the first of six they will make to accept contributions on behalf of the Food Bank Council of Michigan.
Bil Mar led the way with 10,000 pounds of turkey (valued at $19,000) and their parent company, Sara Lee, contributed $10,000 in cash.
Meijer, Inc. donated $5,000 and a truckload of canned vegetables weighing in at 33,750 pounds.
Patrick Quinn, president and chief executive officer of Spartan Foods, said, "Participating in the Michigan Harvest Program is a wonderful opportunity for Spartan and its member stores to reach out to people in need in all Michigan communities. This is truly a case of people helping people and of businesses and government working hand-in- hand to make it all possible." His company donated $5,000 and a truckload of food equal to 33,000 pounds.
Fifteen thousand pounds of milk, ice cream and cottage cheese were contributed by Country Fresh, in addition to $5,000 in cash.
Kalamazoo Donations Focus on the Generosity of Citizens
KALAMAZOO -- Apartment dwellers care about their community. That's the assessment of Bill Schuette as he greeted representatives from 21 area apartment complexes who donated the food they had collected as part of the Apartment Community Challenge. Residents in the 4,562 units donated 5,187 pounds of food. Top collector was Cherokee Apartments, followed by Parkview Hills and Candlewyck.
Seven egg producers and processors, all members of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, Inc., presented a total of 2,940 dozen eggs to Michigan's network of food banks. The eggs are valued at $2,205 and weigh 4,410 pounds. The generous businesses are: Herbruck's of Saranac, Schoolcraft Eggs of Vicksburg, Hamilton Farm Bureau in Hamilton, Konos of Martin, Burns Poultry Farms of Millington, Sunrise Acres of Hudsonville, and Active Feed Company of Pigeon.
The donations were accepted at Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes food bank on Oct. 30.
Battle Creek Gets Kudos For Bringing in 20 Company Donors
BATTLE CREEK -- "If there were awards given for the number of companies participating in the Michigan Harvest Gathering, we'd give one to the community of Battle Creek," said Bill Schuette.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Schuette and first lady Michelle Engler met 20 company representatives as they donated money and products. This spirit of giving was evident throughout Battle Creek's Food Bank of South Central Michigan.
Kellogg's Tony the Tiger led the parade with a truckload of food valued at 11,037 pounds and a check for $500. George Franklin, vice president of public affairs at Kellogg, said, "Kellogg Company believes in people helping people. The Food Bank of South Central Michigan is a good example of how business, government, and individuals can be partners in helping people who struggle with one of the most basic of problems: hunger."
The Ralston Purina Company donated 8,000 pounds of cereal and Post (General Foods) 4,000 pounds. Other companies to contribute were: Robert's Packaging - 4,000 pounds, Archway Cookies - 2,560 pounds, Win Schuler's (Campbell) - 2,188 pounds, Drake's Batter Mix - 1,258 pounds, Bill Knapp's - 80 pounds, and Frito Lay - 60 pounds.
Employees at 11 companies conducted food drives that brought in 693 pounds of canned goods. They were: Battle Creek Unlimited, Battle Creek Investment Growth Corp., Cortez Customhouse Brokerage, AMT Freight Inc., AMT Distribution Center, Hardy's Distributors Inc., U.S. Customs, Consolidated Freightways, Alliance Associates, Nippondenso Sales, and National Bank of Detroit.
The Michigan Harvest Gathering is a five-week food and fund drive to benefit the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Michigan citizens in need during the holiday season. The goal of the Michigan Harvest Gathering is to raise $100,000 and 100,000 pounds of food, as well as to increase the public's awareness of the food banks and the agencies they serve.
The drive includes regional collections at food banks around the state, collections at special events and corporate contributions like those mentioned above. The drive will culminate on Nov. 13 with a Michigan Harvest Gathering reception at the State Fairgrounds in Detroit.
/CONTACT: Margaret R. Cooke of Michigan Department of Agriculture, 517-373-1104/ CO: Michigan Department of Agriculture ST: Michigan IN: SU: KK-SM -- DE015 -- 0805 11/04/91 14:36 EST