MICHIGAN HARVEST GATHERING CALLED A SUCCESS; HUNDREDS HONOR DONORS
DETROIT, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- It was truly a thanksgiving. Hundreds of Michigan citizens from all walks of life gathered to conclude the Michigan Harvest Gathering, offer their contributions and honor those companies and individuals who exemplified the spirit of the gathering by giving 110 percent to bring this year's bountiful harvest to Michigan's citizens who are hungry.
The reception was the culmination of a five-week food and fund drive to benefit the Food Bank Council of Michigan. The drive included seven regional collections at food banks throughout the state, collections at special events, corporate contributions and drives, and collections at points from elementary schools to university residence halls.
As state agriculture director and Harvest Gathering organizer, Bill Schuette said, "It was a five-week-long journey filled with touching moments -- like the stop at Lansing's Red Cross Regional Food Distribution Center where a squirming, giggling preschooler quieted just long enough to proudly raise his can of vegetables to show everyone what he had brought to help. Or, it was the third-grader from Stewart School in Flint who shyly approached first lady Michelle Engler with her can of food and smiled as Mrs. Engler warmly accepted it."
Schuette praised individuals and businesses who gave generously despite the current economic climate. "Even in tough times, people recognize that others have needs greater than their own. Our thanksgiving isn't limited to a bountiful harvest, but also celebrates human generosity."
Schuette said that generosity boosted the food and fund collection far beyond the original goals of $100,000 and 100,000 pounds of food. The preliminary totals are $206,932 and 346,137 pounds. The figures could go higher in the next several weeks as food drives at schools and businesses end and food is taken to community food banks.
Among those being honored for their contributions were Michigan businesses that gave at least $10,000 or 10,000 pounds of food (benefactors) or those which gave between 1,000 dollars/pounds and 10,000 dollars/pounds (patrons).
Awrey Bakery Bil-Mar Foods Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Cherry Central Country Fresh of Michigan
Ford Motor Company General Motors Dow Chemical Company
Kellogg Company Little Caesars Glen's Markets
Michigan Bell MI Blueberry Growers Meijer, Incorporated
Telephone Company Assoc./Packer Foods Sara Lee
Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Co. Kmart Corporation
American Spoon Foods Kowalski Sausage Company, Inc.
ANR Pipeline Kroger Company
Archway Cookies Keith & Patricia McKennon
ASC, Incorporated Marketing Resource
Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac, Warren Group
C.F. Burger Creamery Company/ MI Allied Poultry Industries
Wesley Quaker Made MI Chamber of Commerce
Chrysler Corporation Michigan Farm Bureau
Citizens Insurance MI Milk Producers Association
Cleveland Cliffs Iron Michigan Sugar Co./Great Lakes
Comerica Bank Sugar Beet Growers
Consumers Power Company Miesel/Sysco
Detroit Edison Monitor Sugar
Detroit Pistons Mountain & Company
Dow Corning Muchmore and Associates
Drake's Batter Mix Post/General Foods
Edward C. Levy Company Ralston Purina
Farm Credit of East Central MI Robert's Packaging
Farm Credit of Mid-MI Irving Rose
Farm Credit of North Central MI Loren Roslund
Gerber Foods Southern Michigan Cold Storage
Esther and Carl Gerstacker Talon, Incorporated
Great Lakes Packing/ Word of Faith Christian Center
Triple D Orchards
Hygrade Food Products
Michigan Harvest Gathering Pledges to Date:
Food: 346,137 pounds
MICHIGAN COMMODITY GROUPS HELP RECEPTION GUESTS ENJOY HARVEST
Michigan's commodity organizations were at center stage during the reception and provided guests with luscious samples of their products. Many of the commodity groups also gave food and/or funds to the drive.
Those groups who participated in the reception by hosting tables were: Michigan Apple Commission; Michigan Bean Commission, Michigan Beef Industry Commission; Michigan Blueberry Growers Association (with Golden Brown Bakery and Packer Foods); Michigan Pork Producers Association; Great Lakes Sugar Beet Growers Association; Michigan Cherry Committee (with National Cherry Queen, Mitzie McKay); Michigan Veal Committee; Michigan Potato Industry Commission; Michigan Corn Growers; United Dairy Industry of Michigan; and, Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, Inc. (with Bil-Mar Foods).
In addition, the Michigan for Quality members provided samples. They include the Michigan Onion Committee, Michigan Fresh Market Carrot Committee, Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board, and the Michigan Celery Promotion Cooperative.
GENERAL MOTORS SCORES BIG FOR MICHIGAN HARVEST GATHERING
Detroit -- Auto giant General Motors made a strong commitment to the state's first Harvest Gathering. During the reception program honoring donors, Gov. John Engler and Bill Schuette thanked GM President Robert Stempel for the company's generosity. In addition to a corporate gift of $10,000, General Motors workers also raised $56,305 and 20 tons of food. General Motors also created a harvest gathering display, which was transported to the fairgrounds to delight reception participants.
OTHER STATE AUTOMAKERS HELP MAKE MHG A SUCCESS
Detroit -- Ford Motor Company contributed $10,000 to the success of the Michigan Harvest Gathering, and Ford employees raised 5,215 pounds of food.
Chrysler Corporation added a check for $1,000. Thanks to both.
DETROIT PISTONS FANS SHOW SPIRIT OF GIVING IS ALIVE AT AUBURN HILLS
Auburn Hills -- thanks to the energy and commitment of Chris Laimbeer, wife of Piston Bill Laimbeer, the team was able to collect 6,824 pounds of canned goods during the Pistons game on Sunday, Nov. 10. Fans were asked to donate the cans as they entered the Palace. The food raised was donated to the Food Bank of Oakland County.
BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN DONATES $10,000
Detroit -- Health care giant Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan will make the holidays a little better for some Michigan folks thanks to its generous contribution of $10,000 to the state's first Michigan Harvest Gathering.
KMART ALSO PROVIDES A GENEROUS DONATION
Detroit -- Michigan's Kmart Corporation generously donated $5,000 and 200 pounds of food. Company CEO Joe Antonini said, "Kmart is happy that we were able to participate by giving $5,000 and 200 pounds of food to the Michigan Harvest Gathering. This donation is in addition to providing 44,000 meals across the country as part of our National Thanksgiving Food Basket program."
KUDOS TO OTHER BUSINESSES FOR THEIR GENEROSITY
Everywhere -- These companies have joined the MHG since the update of Nov. 8, 1991.
Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Company - $1,000
Edward C. Levy Co. - $5,000
Hygrade Food Products - $1,000 and 50 cases of hot dogs
Mountain & Company - $1,000
Gerber Foods - $5,000
Loren Roslund (of Ithaca) - 50 100-pound bags of yellow eye beans
Talon, Inc. - $1,000
Word of Faith Christian Center - $1,000
American Spoon Foods - 400 pounds of product (value: $1,200)
Dow Corning - $5,000
Esther and Carl Gerstacker - $1,000
Kowalski Sausage Co., Inc. - 1,000 pounds sausage
Keith and Patricia McKennon - $1,000
Irving Rose - $1,000
Robert's Packaging - 4,000 pounds of product
Citizens Insurance Co. - $2,500
Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group, Warren - $1,000
Comerica Bank - $1,000
/NOTE: CORRECTION -- In the last update, we misspelled the name of the Michigan company, Miesel-Sysco. Sorry -- Miesel-Sysco donated $1,000.
CONTACT: Margaret R. Cooke of Michigan Department of Agriculture, 517-373-1104. CO: Michigan Department of Agriculture ST: Michigan IN: SU: SB-ML -- DE027 -- 5091 11/19/91 16:16 EST