The Food Bank and its community partners get food to hungry people in a variety of ways. Learn more about some of our programs below.


FRESH stands for Food. Recipes. Education. Social. Health. This program increases the amount of fresh produce distributed to our clients through Fresh Food Distributions, paired with nutrition education, recipe sharing, taste tests and much more.

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Fresh Food Initiative

The Fresh Food Initiative (FFI) is an effective, efficient way to get fresh produce, dairy products and other grocery items into low-income neighborhoods.  

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 After School Pack Program

The Kids After School Pack program targets children from low-income families who are at risk of going hungry over the weekend when free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable.

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Summer Hunger

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the summer while school is out of session.

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Farm to Food Bank

Farm to Food Bank contracts local farmers to grow specific produce for the Food Bank. These farms are located within 100 miles of the Food Bank’s distribution center, ensuring that produce arrives for client consumption at it’s peak nutritive value. Our local farms grow everything from apples to watermelon.

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Meating the Need

Protein is an essential component for a healthy diet, but this highly important piece of the nutritional puzzle is not frequently donated. The Meating the Need program bridges that gap between the farm and the table and helps those who may not have access to meat on a regular basis a way to get it to their families.

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Harvest Gathering

Michigan Harvest Gathering is an annual state-wide campaign that raises food and funds for Michigan’s emergency food response network. In Michigan, 16% of households are struggling to put food on the table and 21% of kids don’t know where their next meal will come from.

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Michigan Agricultural Surplus System

The Michigan Agricultural Surplus System (MASS) is an innovative partnership between Michigan Food Banks, Michigan farmers and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. MASS works to procure unmarketable, yet nutritious, agricultural surplus for Michigan food banks.

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