November and December our Nonprofit Spotlight is on Food Gatherers!

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community.

They rescue local food and leverage state and national food resources for hunger relief. They lead a network of hunger relief providers and engage the public in the fight against hunger. They create and sustain innovative new food programs in response to emerging needs. They recognize that hunger will not be solved through the provision of food alone, so they advocate for policies and system changes to create an equitable food system.

Donate directly to Food Gatherers!


Events to support Food Gatherers

Rockin' for the Hungry
November 29, 2022–December 3, 2022
6:00 am –7:00 pm

Food Gatherers will join with Ann Arbor's 107one and Kroger to raise 1 million meals for our community. Tune in 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. for live and recorded interviews with community partners and staff, gift matching opportunities, and great music. (You may even catch some interviews with Zingerman's folks!)

Zingerman's Mail Order Warehouse Shop Fundraiser Sale
December 2, 2022
9:00 am –10:00 pm

Come to Zingerman's Mail Order's Warehouse Shop at 710 Phoenix Drive in Ann Arbor on Friday, December 2nd! All of the sales that day from the in-person shop will be donated to Food Gatherers! The shop is open from 9am to 10pm and we ask that you follow all up to date COVID-19 safety guidelines and signage such as social distancing and mask wearing while in the space if necessary. Shop for some amazing deals to fill your stockings or fill out your holiday meals, find great gifts and thoughtful snacks to bring hosts or family members - all for a fantastic cause!

What's Rockin for the Hungry?

During Rockin’ for the Hungry, community members can join Food Gatherers, ann arbor’s 107one, and Kroger to raise one million meals for our community.

Gifts made during Rockin’ will be matched 1:1 thanks to the generosity of the Harold & Kay Peplau Family Fund, Kroger, and our Power Hour Sponsors. This annual food and fund drive will feature live interviews, matching funds for financial gifts, and a food drive. Help put more meals on more tables during the holiday season and all year long!

Stay tuned and you'll even catch some interviews from some Zingerman's folks!

How else can people in the community contribute to FG?

Food Gatherers gratefully accepts donations of funds and food to support their mission.

Food Gatherers accepts food donations, including fresh produce, which can be delivered to their warehouse at 1 Carrot Way in Ann Arbor 48105 between 9:00am and 4:45pm Monday through Friday. To learn more about their most needed food items, check out their website.

You can also learn more about their volunteer opportunities at for a really rewarding experience!

What resources does FG provide to our community?

Food Gatherers works with a network of 170+ pantries, meal programs, and emergency grocery distributions across Washtenaw County to provide free food to anyone who needs it. If you or someone you know is looking for free groceries please visit their website ( or call 734-761-2796 to find a distribution near you.

What does Zingerman's love about Food Gatherers?

This fantastic organization, though it operates separately from Zingerman's, was actually founded by the Zingerman's Deli back in 1988 right around Thanksgiving time. What began as a small group of volunteers who wanted to ensure nutritious food was available to all who needed it in our community has now become an impressive enterprise that serves tens of thousands of meals a day. The Zingerman's team is made up of people who love food and community so naturally we admire the work done at Food Gatherers which focuses on supporting both. Particularly during this holiday season, it's so important that we work towards a more equitable food system that serves all, because everyone deserves to have healthy and delicious food on their table.

Donate directly to Food Gatherers!