What would the Food Bank do without its volunteers? Well, we couldn’t do nearly as much.
In West Michigan orchards and fields, Food Bank volunteers pick (or “glean”) about 20,000 pounds (10 tons!) of fresh, donated produce each year.
In our warehouses, they sort, pack and label 3.6 million pounds of food yearly–about 15% to 20% of our entire inventory.
Every year, Food Bank volunteers donate about 22,000 hours – saving the Food Bank about $433,400*– the equivalent of more than 1,500,000 meals!
*Source: “State Values for Volunteer Time,” www.IndependentSector.org