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VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Volunteers pack 75% of the food we distribute!

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Fresh Food boxes

Our Projects

FRESH FOOD PACKING

Prepare and package food to be distributed through our pantries and Fresh Food Distributions to those in need.

Our Fresh Food Distributions provide, on average, 22 pounds of fresh produce, meat, dairy, bakery, and other fresh items to 140 families at each of our 100 sites! In 2021, we provided 5.8 million pounds of fresh items throughout our eight-county service area. By volunteering to pack food, you ensure families have healthy options and well-rounded meals!

CLEAN ROOM

Take bulk food items — like cereal, frozen broccoli, or peanut butter — and package them into smaller sealed bags for redistribution.

In 2020, we opened our Clean Room, a special space in our warehouse dedicated to repackaging bulk food donations into family-sized packages. One of the best things about this room is that it is temperature-controlled, meaning we can work with temperature-sensitive foods, like frozen produce, to provide our clients with a healthy range of foods to fill their tables.

FRESH FOOD PHARMACY

Help prepare boxes of food items for our Fresh Food Pharmacy Program, which provides clients with 20+ nutritious meals to help manage chronic illnesses.

For our Fresh Food Pharmacy, we partner with Grace Health to deliver these boxes directly to clients' doors. By volunteering to pack these boxes, you're helping your neighbors stand against their chronic illnesses and achieve health!

Sponsorships

We love partnering with businesses in the local community to feed families! This year alone, eXp Realty, Prairie Farms, and Halpern's Steak & Seafood have sponsored the movement to end hunger through gifts of time and funds.

Interested in partnering with us to feed South Michigan? Reach out to us to learn more!

Hear about how you're changing lives across eight counties when you volunteer at South Michigan Food Bank!

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Packing boxes for our Fresh Food Distributions (FFDs) is one of our most popular projects! We pack these boxes every day with over 20 pounds of fresh food for our 100 FFD sites across eight counties! 

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In the Clean Room, we repack bulk food items (anything from granola to frozen vegetables) into smaller packages! This room is temperature-controlled, and the settings are changed based on what we're packing that day!

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Our volunteers help pack and sort the food that is distributed at our 335 partner food sites!

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At our repack station, you can sort food that's been donated to us into categories. This helps us easily find what we need to give out to our pantries and partners to feed clients!

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Help sort food to make sure families across South Michigan receive fresh, high-quality items!

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There are so many volunteers involved in South Michigan Food Bank's network — all of our 335 partners operate on volunteer power! 

We'd love to hear from you!

Volunteer Team
volunteers@smfoodbank.org

(269) 964-3663 x 438

South Michigan Food Bank
5451 Wayne Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49037

Volunteer Staff Photo May 2022

Our amazing volunteer staff — Dennis, Randy, Alex, and Donielle (L-R) — who coordinate our projects and make sure that you have a great experience as we all feed South Michigan together!

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