NMC students work to feed thousands of families

TRAVERSE CITY — Students from Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) are teaming up with the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition to feed nearly 4,500 local families this holiday season with the Food for Thought Food Drive.

The fourth annual event runs from October 19 through November 19. Organized by NMC students as a service learning class project, the Food for Thought goal is to collect enough non-perishable food and hygiene products to stock pantries throughout the Northwest Michigan region through the holiday season.

Coordinators say it is much more than a gift for the families who receive the food. “It’s not just a blessing for some pantries, it is survival,” said Val Stone with the Northwest Food Coalition.

Donation events include:

  • Tom’s Food Markets: West Bay, East Bay, Interlochen, and Fourteenth Street: October 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Traverse City Walmart: November 5, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; November 6, Noon–6 p.m.
  • Technology Exploration Day at Aero Park Campus - Parsons-Stulen Building: November 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Red collection bins located at:

Local businesses have donated raffle prizes. Anyone who donates five non-perishable food items or makes a $5 donation will receive a raffle ticket. Community members can also donate through the NMC Food for Thought Facebook page or online through the NMC Foundation.

RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2016


Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Robinson Grant-Wagner
Student Leader Contact
(231) 866-6078



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