ALPENA — United Way of Northeast Michigan is joining Michigan United Ways and the Kellogg Company for the second-annual Summer Stock Up — a two-week statewide food drive to stock shelves of Michigan’s food banks and food pantries.
Having enough food is a basic challenge for ALICE and poverty-level households. At least 1 in 8 Michiganders face hunger and with fewer resources during the summer months, Michigan food banks see an increase of 20% for families seeking food resources between June and August.
“As we continue to support the needs of ALICE families throughout the state, Summer Stock Up is just one of many initiatives that addresses the critical need to help ensure our community has access to fresh, healthy food all summer long,” said Joe Gentry, executive director of the United Way of Northeast Michigan. “With the current rising costs of food today, more Michigan families will need the support of their local food banks and pantries — and based on the success of last year’s program, Summer Stock Up has proven to make an incredible impact.”
Families with children feel the impact of food insecurity even more profoundly. According to recent ALICE in Focus: Children Research Brief, as recently as the fall of 2021, 41% of Michigan families below the ALICE Threshold with children reported that sometimes or often, “children were not eating enough because we just couldn’t afford food.”
For many kids, when class lets out for the summer, they no longer have access to the nutritious breakfast and lunch they normally receive while in school.
“People cannot reach their full potential if they’re hungry. Kellogg’s Better Days is our promise to advance sustainable and equitable access to food, including feeding 375 million people in need by the end of 2030,” says Stephanie Slingerland, senior director, Global Philanthropy and Social Impact. “We are proud to stand alongside United Way in a partnership that is focused on our aligned values and creating a positive impact in our communities.”
The inaugural Summer Stock Up in 2021 raised more than $63,000 and collected more than 46,000 pounds of food, benefitting 220 food pantries across the state.
To support the Summer Stock Up in our community or learn more, visit www.summerstockup.org.
United Way of Northeast Michigan supports the food pantries of St. Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army, Grace Lutheran’s Little Food Pantry, and Trinity Episcopal Sunday Supper pantry. During the weeks of June 13th and June 20th nonperishable food is being collected at the following drop-off locations: Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, Wolverine State Credit Union, H.P.C. Credit Union, Perch’s IGA, My Michigan Medical Center and the United Way office at 108 Water St.