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Posted on Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

Rockin' for the Hungry nets 147 tons of food and counting

By Julie Baker

Rockin' for the Hungry has taken in 147 tons of food in its five-day course, and organizers expect that number to grow as the final tally is taken.

"We're encouraging everyone to continue to give online while we tally register and food donations collected at all Washtenaw County Kroger stores and food and cash collected this evening at the (Rockin') Afterglow party," said Mary Schlitt, development director for Food Gatherers.

Food Gatherers had a goal of collecting 200 tons of food. was there along the way to track the progress toward meeting that goal on a carrot-o-meter, which was updated regularly throughout the drive.

More food and donations were expected at Sunday evening's Rockin' Afterglow at Wolverine Brewery. A final tally is expected Monday.


Leah Gunn

Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 2:37 a.m.

To answer Terry Star21 - Food Gatherers was started by Paul Saginiw, one of the owners of Zingerman's. They rescue food from restaurants and markets, and also accept non-perishable donations. They have a large warehouse on Carrot Way in the north side of Ann Arbor, and they partner with about 150 food pantries all across the county to serve those in need. They also run the Community Kitchen in the Delonis Center, and train youth to become skilled and certified in food handling. Go to <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> for detailed information. They are a most remarkable organization and most deserving of everyone's support.

Terry Star21

Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 2:20 a.m.

I'm very proud to live in such a great area that takes care of it's needy and also plans for it's homeless. It is sometimes too easy for others to say why can't these people (needy/homeless) get it together, and go out and get a job - but the just don't understand. The majority of these people are in real need of our assistance and can not work and it is quite unfortunate that sometimes neediest are the most afraid to ask. We are very fortunate in our lives, and we must continue to help our needy/homeless - but it is of most importance for us to encourage those (particular w/ young children) to step out and ask for help.

Terry Star21

Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.

@ Julie. I was curious and I may have missed this in your previous two articles. I don't know much about this organization - how and who are the recipients of these food donations ? Thank you.