A: In January 2016, Feeding America West Michigan announced that it would be closing its branches in Sault Ste. Marie and Ishpeming. This does not mean that the food bank is leaving the Upper Peninsula. In fact, it’s the exact … Continue reading
FAQ Category: FAQ
Q: What is Feeding America West Michigan’s mission?
A: Feeding America West Michigan gathers and distributes food to relieve hunger and increase food security in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Q: We support our church’s food pantry. Why should we support the food bank?
A: The food bank encourages people to support any organization that fights hunger. But if you’d like to support one that has a huge impact throughout West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, one that operates with incredible efficiency — providing … Continue reading
Q: So you don’t give away spoiled food?
A: No. The food bank inspects all of the food it receives according to proper safe food handling procedures. Only edible food goes to the 900+ hunger-relief agencies who depend on the food bank — and the clients who depend … Continue reading
Q: Why do companies have so much surplus food?
A: Because the unexpected happens all the time, everywhere — even in big corporations. Each year, an estimated 40% of food produced in the United States goes to waste. At the industry level, food becomes surplus for many reasons: grocery … Continue reading
Q: How much does the food bank charge for food?
A: The food bank doesn’t charge its clients a penny and insists that its partner agencies also provide food to all who need it free of charge. Because Feeding America West Michigan needs to cover its costs, the food bank … Continue reading