Food Gatherers: Rockin for the Hungry 2009 breaks records

This was sent out from Food Gatherers about their Rockin for the Hungry event! Thank you to everyone who helped make such a great thing possible!

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The banner states the Food Gatherers mission statement.

Corinna Borden | Contributor

Despite a challenging economy, the community helped Food Gatherers raise a record amount of food for their largest annual outdoor food drive, Rockin’ for the Hungry. Hosted by Busch’s Fresh Food Market and broadcast live by ann arbor’s 107one, the five day event raised 258 tons of food to help our neighbors in need in Washtenaw County. Volunteers and radio personalities braved long hours on their feet, and at times, frigid weather to collect food and financial contributions for Food Gatherers’ food rescue and food bank program. Through their efforts and generous contributions from sponsors Frito Lay, General Mills, Golden Limousine, Inc., IBEW Local 252, Keebler, Miller Poultry, Prairie Farms, SESI Motors, Spartan, United Bank and Trust, and Wells Fargo Advisors, this event exceeded the 2009 Rockin’ goal of 200 tons and raised the most food in Rockin’ history.

This generous support allows Food Gatherers to meet the urgent and pressing demand for food in our own community. “On behalf of all the people seeking food assistance this year, we are so grateful to ann arbor’s 107one, Busch's and the citizens of Washtenaw County for making a real difference in our community,” said Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers. “When we needed you most, you rose to the challenge."

For individuals who did not make it to Rockin’, Busch’s Fresh Food Market will continue to accept financial contributions at the register or food donations at any of Busch’s 15 locations through Dec. 13.