Feeding Families This Summer

Like food banks across the nation, South Michigan Food Bank faces a challenge: higher demand, lower resources. Supply chain interruptions and limited availability of bulk donated food mean that we are spending 50% more on food than we were pre-pandemic to fill that gap.

In South Michigan, more than 150,000 people are experiencing hunger and this number is growing as families spend 10% more on groceries and about $3,000 more this year on gas.

Support the 2022 Summer Campaign to ensure every family has full tables and enriched lives.

Fresh Food for All

While food banks are known for distributing large quantities of non-perishable foods, we know that these are not sufficient as the main source of food and nutrition for families.

So, year-round, we provide fresh produce, meat, dairy, and bakery items in addition to pantry staples — so every family can supplement their meals, not make sacrifices. Children, parents, and caretakers rely on our Fresh Food Distributions to acquire foods for well-rounded, nutritious meals. This year, it costs families 10% more to buy groceries. 

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Summer Hunger

Throughout the school year, 778,259 Michigan children rely on school-provided meals. When kids are out of school for the summer, families lose access to these school meals, meaning they are making cuts in other essential areas of their budget to afford food or they are simply unable to buy the food for their household.

Our Local Partners

Throughout the summer, South Michigan Food Bank reinvests in the community by partnering with local farmers to purchase 360,000 pounds of fresh-picked produce. Our partners, Lee & Karen Swift of Swift Pumpkins & Produce (R), provide us with delicious vegetables like cucumbers, peppers, squash, and more. Read their story here.

We partner with 100 community organizations to provide families with fresh food, much of which comes from these farmers.


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