Volunteers pack 75% of the food we distribute!




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Our Projects


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!


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.


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!

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 80+ 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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Every Tuesday afternoon, we have our Fort Food Pantry! Volunteers are the reason we can feed up to 500 families on these days — by filling clients' cars with nutritious food!

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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 285 partners operate on volunteer power! 

We'd love to hear from you!

Volunteer Team

(269) 964-3663 x 438

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

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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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