Feeding Our Neighbors: Stadium Food Rescue

First Presbyterian’s Feeding Our Neighbors Program has been operating since 2011. During the last ten years the program has expanded from just picking up the cooked, but unsold, food at football games to include all Big Ten Basketball games and food from the athlete’s kitchen. The football games contribute about 1,000 lbs of hot dogs, brats, pizzas and pretzels per game. Basketball home games contribute about 250 lbs per game. The best source of food is from the athlete’s kitchen, which prepares all of the food for the UM athletes and selected catered events. This food is extremely high quality and ready to be reheated and served by the social organizations we support. Over the course of these ten years, rescued food went to Cass Community Social Services, Second Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Circles, and First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti’s Riverside Meal Program.

UM Football Games - Michigan Stadium Food Rescue

Let’s put those leftovers to use!
 
Following University of Michigan home football games at the Big House, volunteers from First Pres collect and repurpose high-quality, attractive, nutritious food that remains after the players and fans have gone home. Working with the many concession stands in the stadium, as well as with the catering group that feeds the college athletic teams that visit Ann Arbor, First Pres teams collect food that has been prepared in quantity –large trays and pans – and flash freezes the pizza, macaroni and cheese, barbeque, brats, fish, meat, pasta and hotdogs for safe distribution the following day. In 2019, approximately 12,000 pounds of food was redirected to feed hungry people locally and in Detroit.  In 8 years we have collected and redistributed about 100,000 lbs. of food!
 

2021 UM Stadium Food Redistribution Program

There are seven home games this year and we need your help!
 
The first football game for the 2021 season is September 4th, which will kick off our ninth season of redistributing food, taking it to two organizations in Detroit: Cass Community Social Services in Midtown and Second Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church on Van Dyke Avenue. Locally, some of this quality food goes to two feeding ministries in Ypsilanti. 
 
• This is a great volunteer opportunity for small groups!
 
Six volunteers are needed for each Saturday game - September 4, 11, 18 and 25, October 23 and November 6 and 27. In addition, one person is needed mid-week to distribute the collection tubs as well as several people to learn the game day leadership role.
 

Our typical schedule:

If you have questions or would like to help please contact Don Redding, Stadium Food Rescue Coordinator, at dredding58@yahoo.com or 734 276-8426 or Rev. Jay Sanderford @ 734 662-4466.
 
You can also sign up for the food collection by going to www.firstpresbyterian.org, or https://www.signupgenius.com/go/FoodRescue2021
 

Please sign-up here for the 2021 Football Season!

Words of Gratitude

Matt Prentice, Former Chef, Cass Community Center:

"In Detroit, 36% of the population lives with "food insecurity". In other words, they do not know where their next meal will come from or whether they will eat at all. I am feeding 30,000 people a month, now that winter has set in, as we feed five facilities that focus on the homeless of Detroit. The amazing amount of food you have brought us has made an indelible mark on our effort, and we at Cass could not be more grateful!"

Nikki at Cass:  "All the clients enjoy the popcorn and pretzels. It is a real treat for them. Keep up the good work!"

Pastor Edwards, Second MT Carmel M. B. C.:

"Thanks to you and your family and church for all that you have done and have given to our church ministry. We pray that some day we will be able to return the blessing in a way that God will be pleased.  We will forever make mention of you all in our prayers. God Bless You."