Three Washtenaw County nonprofits to receive $16K from United Way for emergency food efforts

Food Gatherers staff distribute food in Washtenaw County. (Food Gatherers)

ANN ARBOR – United Way of Washtenaw County is releasing $16,000 in grants to three local nonprofits to supplement recent food shortage efforts.

The organizations worked around the clock to aid families impacted by the effects of the pandemic and inflation, according to a UWWC release.

Food Gatherers has faced a number of challenges in recent years in keeping local food pantries full, including supply chain issues, increased demand and inflation. Community Action Network and SOS Community Services have both reported increased needs of local families and high volumes.

“These grants are coming at a critical time for the nonprofits,” CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County Pam Smith said in a statement. “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. 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.”

United Way’s 211 helpline can help connect residents with local resources.

For a complete list of local food pantries, visit

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.