Our caring community donated 10,500 pounds of food during the 2013 FEED the NEED Community Food Drive. From September 14th through the 28th, Midland County residents donated food and non-perishable items, responding to the increased needs during the fall.

“We set out to fill the shelves of local pantries,” shared Wayne Crosby of RE/MAX. “The incredible response from our generous community will make all of the difference for families right here in Midland County.”

Sponsors RE/MAX of Midland and The Dow Chemical Company led the way. RE/MAX collected 7,500 pounds and credits the Balloon Festival for bringing extra attention to the effort.

The Dow Chemical Company collected 1,500 pounds of food at their collection barrels throughout Michigan Operations, Corporate Headquarters and at the Business Process Services Center. Dow Corning Corporation, Members First Credit Union, Arnold Center, and Family & Children’s Services also rallied their employees to make an impact.

New to the food drive, Target hosted Super Saturday. They donated canned goods valued at more than $300 to kick-off the day. Boy Scouts from Troop 778 volunteered at the event, collecting food.

McKay Press generously donated printing of FEED the NEED flyers and posters to help spread the word.

“I want to extend a heart-felt thank you to the generous people of Midland County. This community has a long history of stepping up to meet the needs, and this year’s “Feed the Need” food drive is a great illustration of our community’s passion in action,” shared Ann Fillmore, United Way of Midland County Executive Director.

Hidden Harvest was instrumental in collecting and distributing the food to area pantries, helping to stock the shelves at Care Giving Network, Midland Emergency Food Pantry Network, HELP Food Pantry, The Salvation Army and Windover Food Pantry.