Customers, staff at Secretary of State offices donate 10 tons of food to Harvest Gathering

LANSING, MI – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that SOS branch offices collected more than 21,000 pounds of food and $7,000 during the 2016 Harvest Gathering food drive.

“Our customers and our staff were extremely generous again this year, collecting food and funds to go to their neighbors in need this holiday season,” Johnson said. “Their thoughtfulness is indicative of what Michigan residents are willing to do to help others.”

The Sparta office ranked first in food collection, bringing in more than 15,000 pounds of food. The Northeast Wayne County PLUS Office collected 593 pounds of food and the Secretary of State building at the state Secondary Complex brought in approximately 740 pounds of food and raised more than $2,600. The Ionia office collected more than $1,610.

Harvest Gathering collection boxes were placed in Secretary of State offices and state office buildings during the fall food drive. Customers also mailed additional funds directly to the Food Bank Council of Michigan.

The department has been participating in the Harvest Gathering campaign, co-founded by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, since 1999. The 2015 SOS campaign raised $1,500 and more than 14,000 pounds of food.

The campaign is coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, which supplies the state’s regional food banks through donations of food and money. The regional food banks serve food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in every Michigan county.

The statewide Michigan Harvest Gathering 2016 campaign has so far collected more than $308,000, and more contributions are coming in. For more information about Harvest Gathering, visit the Food Bank Council of Michigan website at

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