Michigan residents are invited to donate non-perishable food for the 21st annual Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign. Donations can be dropped off at any license branch office through Dec. 16.
Donated food is distributed through the Food Bank Council of Michigan's networks of food banks. To find a food bank near you, visit http://www.fbcmich.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aboutfbcmich_memberfoodbanks
People are asked to donate food items such as canned meats, dry beans, soups, beef stew, pasta products, peanut butter and tuna. They also can donate baby food or formula, diapers, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.The Food Bank requests donors avoid items in glass, as they often break in transit. Please check food labels to ensure donated food isn't past its expiration date.
Financial donations may be made online at www.feedmichigan.org.
For more information about branch office locations and secretary of state services, visit www.Michigan.gov/sos. You may also sign up for the official SOS Twitter feed, www.twitter.com/Michsos, and Facebook updates, www.facebook.com/Michigansos.
Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
The 2011 goal is 300,000 pounds of food and $750,000. In 2010, Michigan Harvest Gathering collected more than 180,000 pounds of food and $930,000.