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2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering observes 30th annual campaign virtually

The Michigan Harvest Gathering kicked off its annual campaign virtually on October 20 to raise food and funds for Michigan’s emergency food response with former Attorney General, Bill Schuette, Food Bank Council Executive Director Phil Knight and state dignitaries. Due to COVID-19 safeguards, the entire event will take place online from Oct. 20 – Nov. 3.

“This year’s event will look a lot different from those in past,” said Dr. Phillip Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Nevertheless, we still have great expectations to meet our goal of collecting 3 million meals and $330,000 for our 30th anniversary!”

An online competition among partner organizations will take place this year with a website that will display a leaderboard of contributions. Partner organizations include the Secretary of State, State of Michigan departments and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. Everyone will be encouraged to participate through online donations or “purchase food” virtually.

“COVID-19 has dramatically increased the amount of people who are struggling with food insecurity in Michigan. Prior to the pandemic, the network distributed on average 2.5 million pounds of food a week,” said Knight. “Since the Stay Home Stay Safe order, we have averaged over 4 million pounds of emergency food. Donating to the Michigan Harvest Gathering helps us meet these needs and provide healthy food for students who are not in school.”

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About the Food Bank Council of Michigan
Founded in 1984, the Food Bank Council of Michigan was created to implement a unified strategy to address and alleviate hunger statewide. FBCM works with its regional food banks and over 2,800 hunger relief agencies, private companies, farmers, state and federal officials, and other allies to make sure no Michigander goes without food. For more information about the Food Bank Council of Michigan, visit or call 517.485.1202