COVID-19 Response

Here for Washtenaw County

The COVID-19 pandemic created a “perfect storm” of increased demand for food, declines in donated food, and significant disruptions to volunteer programs, distribution methods, and other core aspects of our operating model.

Throughout the pandemic, Food Gatherers took steps to ensure that our network of 170+ partner programs and agencies had the resources they needed to safely provide food assistance to the communities they serve:

    Distributed record levels of food through our hunger-relief network, and provided capacity-building grants to partners
    Transitioned to low-contact distributions, and built pre-packed boxes to provide more shelf-stable foods
    Launched campaigns to raise awareness about available resources, including a new website with searchable Find Food tool

Food Gatherers anticipates that this elevated response will need to continue for another 18-24 months.

COVID-19 Resources:

What to do if you need food

If you need food, we have a network of food pantries and meal programs that are ready to help, including the Community Kitchen in Ann Arbor. All of our partner programs have adapted distribution models to remain safe.

Online: Please visit our Find Food page to access an up-to-date list of food distribution and meal program sites.

By Phone: Call Food Gatherers at 734-761-2796. Our hours of operation are MondayFriday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


How to help

 We are touched by our community’s concern and desire to provide food to families and individuals. Here’s what you can do:

Donate Funds: Financial donations provide Food Gatherers the most flexibility to best respond to the food assistance needs in Washtenaw County. To make a donation now visit or call 734-761-2796.

Donate Food: Donations are accepted at the Food Gatherers warehouse, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m., at 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. More information on our most needed items and donation guidelines are available here

Volunteer: There are volunteer opportunities available at Food Gatherers’ warehouse and Community Kitchen. For the safety of staff and volunteers, we are implementing additional food safety and sanitary measures. To learn more about our volunteer needs, visit   

Spread the Word: Tell your community that Food Gatherers is here to support anyone in need of food. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to share these resources and to support our response by making a donation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates from our programs.

Updated: April 26, 2022

For the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Washtenaw County Health Department website and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Check out our fact sheet – By the Numbers: Fighting Hunger During the Pandemic.