Q: If you don’t give food directly to people in need, what exactly is your purpose?

A: We’re the “hub in the wheel,” the principal source of food for roughly 900 hunger-relief agencies in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Our role is to reclaim large amounts of surplus food from farmers, retailers, and manufacturers, inspect, sort and repack that food at our facility, and distribute it to our network of hunger-relief agencies. Not only is this good for our clients, it also keeps millions of pounds of good food from going to waste. In 2017, we distributed over 26 million pounds of food, the equivalent of more than 22 million meals. No other organization in our region is able to address local hunger on that scale.

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