LANSING, Mich. – The state Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution declaring Oct. 21, 2015 as Michigan Hunger Solutions Day.
“Too many Michiganders struggle with hunger, and one-fifth of children in our state do not receive healthy, nutritious food consistently,” said sponsor Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Michigan Hunger Solutions Day brings attention to these glaring statistics and recognizes efforts in all 83 counties to decrease instances of hunger and promote abundant, healthy food options for individuals, families and communities throughout Michigan.”
Senate Resolution 97 highlights the Food Bank Council of Michigan for its mission to create a food-secure state through advocacy, resource management, and collaboration through Michigan’s unified food bank network.
The network of food banks distributes food and resources to food pantries, after-school programs and senior centers. It also organizes surplus donations from Michigan farmers to help make fresh, nutritious produce more readily available in the emergency food system. In addition, the council coordinates the Michigan Harvest Gathering food and fund drive, which has secured more than 54 million meals since 1991.
“It is terrible that in 2015 Michiganders are fighting hunger on a daily basis,” said MacGregor. “We should all be committed to ending this problem and work to increase access to nutritious food through the many great programs and food distribution services available in our state.”