United Way Of Washtenaw County to release $16,000 for emergency food services to three local nonprofits

ANN ARBOR, MI (March 13, 2023) - United Way of Washtenaw County is supplementing recent food shortage efforts caused by the pandemic and inflation by releasing $16,000 to three local nonprofits that worked around the clock to help families affected by recent challenges.  

Food Gatherers has faced increased demand, inflation, and supply chain issues as it works to keep local food pantries full. Community Action Network (CAN) and SOS community services reported high volumes and increased needs of local families as they struggle to maintain a stable food source for the families they serve.  

“These grants are coming at a critical time for the nonprofits. We appreciate working with the Michigan Association of United Ways and the tax check-off program to have funds available to address basic needs in Washtenaw County,” shared Pam Smith, CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County. “We were monitoring the social media posts of local agencies and wanted to help. We know how much effort they are putting into keeping our community fed.”  

If you are or know someone that needs help, have them call United Way’s 211 helpline to be connected to resources closer to where they live. For a complete list of food pantries in the area visit https://www.foodgatherers.org/foodresources/  



As part of our 100-plus year history, United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. Our focus areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability are the building blocks for a strong community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our Volunteer Center provides an easy, online way for people to connect with nonprofits in the community and our 2-1-1 helpline refers more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit uwgive.org.