Traverse City Events: Food for Thought and the Northwest Food Coalition are challenging the community to collect non-perishable food items to fill the 51 pantries in the five-county Northern Michigagn area between October 15 and November 15, 2013.
Last year with the help of the community, Food for Thought collected 20,000 food items to battle food insecurity in Northern Michigan. That was enough to stock 12 of the neediest food pantries and feed 5,000 people, said Val Stone, Northwest Food Coalition coordinator. This year, the need is even more acute, with Coalition member food pantries reporting 34 percent more visits than in 2012. The food will be delivered to the Northern Michigan pantries in time for Thanksgiving.
"We are so thrilled," Stone said of the event becoming annual. "It's such a timely thing."
Food drop-off sites are:
Food for Thought is a semester-long service learning project coordinated by Northwestern Michigan College students in Kristy McDonald’s Professional Communications class. The students are learning how to communicate professionally while giving back to the community.