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How We Work2019-05-03T18:05:12+00:00

How We Work

The Food Bank of South Central Michigan provides food to over 285 partner agencies. These partner agencies run food pantries and other food programs like After School Packs, Fresh Food Initiatives, senior commodity boxes, holiday baskets, and many more.  Through these agencies, we are able to serve 200,000 people each year!

At our warehouse in Battle Creek, MI, we collect fresh and non-perishable food items. This food comes from individual donors, store donations, purchased items from grants and donors, USDA Trade Mitigation, Michigan Agricultural Surplus System, and local farmers. We are very thankful to our volunteers who prepare these food items for our agencies. Our volunteers often sort, package, and deliver food to our partner agencies. Our fresh food items are used at our Fresh Food Initiative sites, where we distribute fresh food to those with limited access. With other food items, our partner agencies choose which items they desire and either schedule a pick-up at the Food Bank of South Central MI or a delivery.

Difference Between Food Bank and Food Pantry

food bank is a non-profit that safely stores millions of pounds of food that will soon be delivered to local food programs, like a food pantry. The food they store is donated from local neighbors, retailers, grocery stores, and restaurants. The Feeding America network of food banks includes 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries. Five of these 200 food banks are in Michigan, including the Food Bank of South Central MI, who proudly serves eight Michigan counties!

food pantry is a place where hungry families can receive food. Supplied with food from a food bank, pantries feed hundreds of people per week! Because every community is different, there are many different types of pantries.

Sometimes food pantries are inside schools or churches, so it is easier for children and their families to get food.

Thanks to the hard work of both food bank and food pantry staff and volunteers across the nation more than 21 million meals have been provided to nearly 110,000 children this past year!