food bank http://michiganradio.org en Livingston County food pantry to hold emergency food drive http://michiganradio.org/post/livingston-county-food-pantry-hold-emergency-food-drive <p>The Livingston County chapter of the Salvation Army is out of food.</p><p>Brighton Ford is organizing an emergency food drive called "Fill-A-Ford Full of Food" Saturday with the goal of restocking the food pantry of the Salvation Army. It will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Brighton VG's Fresh Market.</p><p>In recent weeks the food pantry was pulling money from a summer children's fund to purchase food from Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan, according to Karen Swieczkowski, community relations director at Brighton Ford. Brighton Ford is spearheading tomorrow's food drive.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:28:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16357 at http://michiganradio.org Livingston County food pantry to hold emergency food drive 2013 record year for food bank that serves West Michigan, Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/2013-record-year-food-bank-serves-west-michigan-upper-peninsula <p>The food bank that supplies food pantries in 40 Michigan counties had a record year.</p><p>Last year Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank got more food donations and distributed more food than ever. More than 25 million pounds went to food pantries in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>The food bank’s CEO Ken Estelle says demand is up. Unlike during the recession, he says&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">most people looking for free food these days are employed.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:05:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15994 at http://michiganradio.org 2013 record year for food bank that serves West Michigan, Upper Peninsula Federal government shutdown may add to Michigan's food bank demand http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-government-shutdown-may-add-michigans-food-bank-demand <p>The federal government shutdown may add to the demand on Michigan&rsquo;s food banks.</p><p>The shutdown is expected to force furloughs of many federal employees and others in Michigan.&nbsp; Also, programs for the poor face cuts.</p><p>Kareemah El-Amin is the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan.&nbsp; She expects many will turn to food banks for help.&nbsp;&nbsp; She adds Michigan&rsquo;s food banks are already taxed to their limit.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:02:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 14668 at http://michiganradio.org Creating an oasis in a food desert http://michiganradio.org/post/creating-oasis-food-desert <p>A new non-profit bank is opening to encourage grocery stores to locate in so-called "food deserts."</p><p></p><p>Those are places in cities, suburbs and rural areas with no farmers markets or grocery stores.</p><p></p><p>Jane Whitacre is director of the Michigan Food Policy Council. She says many other states have long taken advantage of a program that lends money to grocery stores to set up in under-served areas.</p><p></p><p>“It's really silly that a food state like Michigan hasn't already done this,” says Whitacre.</p><p></p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 17:46:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 14322 at http://michiganradio.org Creating an oasis in a food desert