Food Gatherers

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources. Food Gatherers is not only Michigan's first food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business, Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 1988, we provide enough food for nearly 14,000 meals a day to 170 community programs serving our neighbors, mostly families and children, in need of food. More than 6,000 individual volunteers donate their time to Food Gatherers annually. Volunteers account for the majority of hours worked at Food Gatherers. Since 1988, Food Gatherers has distributed more than 60 million pounds of food throughout Washtenaw County.

Charity Navigator Ratings

Overall Rating

(4/4)|95.05 Score


(4/4)|93 Score

Accountability & Transparency

(4/4)|100 Score



Headquarter Address

1 Carrot Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48113