Because we can’t always anticipate what foods will be donated through food companies, grassroots food collections and food we get from the USDA, the Food Bank must subsidize that food with items we purchase specifically because of their high demand from agencies and clients. These staple items include things like canned fruits and vegetables, protein items like peanut butter, tuna fish and dry beans and other items like pasta and sauce, mac n’ cheese, instant potatoes, soup, shelf-stable milk, complete dinners and baking mix. We also purchase frozen meat items like ground beef and hot dogs. This ensures that the Food Bank can provide these highly sought out items, even when donations cannot keep up with demand.
In addition, we purchase food from area farms through the Farm to Food Bank program. Local farmers are contracted to grow specific crops for distribution during our Fresh Food Initiative. This program supports local farms and the local economy, while getting Michigan-grown produce to those who need it most. Through the Farm to Food Bank program, we have been able to significantly increase the amount of fresh produce that we offer.