Efforts to feed Michigan residents during COVID-19

Million Meal Challenge will help feed hungry Michiganders during COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has prompted mandated school closures and idled workers, dramatically increasing the need for healthy food.  To address the demand on the state’s seven regional food banks, the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies and the Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan Agent Charitable Fund today launched a statewide fundraiser, The Million Meal Challenge.

The Agent Charitable Fund and Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan will donate $50,000 during the Million Meal Challenge and will match up to $50,000 in additional donations from members, clients and supporters.

“Once again, the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies has stepped up during a time of unprecedented need in our state,” said Dr. Phil Knight, executive director, Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Together, we can ensure that every child, family and senior has food in all of Michigan’s 83 counties as we meet the demands of COVID-19 head on.”

The Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies and Food Bank Council of Michigan partnership has helped thousands of Michiganders facing food insecurity.

The Million Meal Challenge is an opportunity to reach every resident in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Right now, it is ever more important for the citizens of our state to come together,” said Don Simon, CEO, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan. “As we all battle this pandemic, the need to provide Michigan children and families with healthy meals during this trying time is a great way for us to do just that. The entire Farm Bureau family is proud to sponsor this challenge so that together, with our partners and community members, we can provide one million meals.”

The Agent Charitable Fund serves as the fund for Farm Bureau agents, clients, and partners to contribute to causes throughout Michigan.

Its mission is to end hunger in Michigan.

The Food Bank Council of Michigan and Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies is dedicated to Michigan residents.

To donate toward the Million Meal Challenge, visit


Founded in 1984, Food Bank Council of Michigan was created to implement a unified strategy to address and alleviate hunger statewide. FBCM works with its regional food bankand over 2,800 hunger-relief agencies, private companies, farmers, state and federal officials, and other allies to make sure no Michigander goes without food. For more information about Food Bank Council of Michigan, visit www.fbcmich.org or call 517.485.1202.

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