Love Thy Neighbor

The Love Thy Neighbor program (LTN) was started in 2008 as an outreach of First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor (FUMC) to meet the need for meals among hungry people – the homeless and the working poor – in Ann Arbor. Every morning, 52 weeks a year, LTN provides non-perishable, pop-top ready-to-eat canned foods, snacks and nutrition drinks to the food insecure guests of the St. Andrew’s Breakfast Program. Your help and donations are crucial to our ability to continue our work!


Guests at the St. Andrew’s Breakfast Program are of all ages. Some are homeless; some have housing but, without food assistance, could have to choose between paying bills and having enough to eat. Some are struggling with addiction, mental illness, or chronic health conditions. All are dealing with difficult circumstances.

The Love Thy Neighbor Program is a member of the Food Gatherers Partner Program Network. This allows us to purchase food, at reduced prices, from their warehouse.  Additional food needed for our distribution is donated by individuals or purchased at bulk food warehouses at discounted prices.

Please contact us to learn about upcoming food collections or coordinate a drop off.


Saturday Mornings
9-11 a.m. at FUMC
Two to three volunteers are needed to package to-go bags from 9-11 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month. One volunteer is needed to help transport and unload the bags at St. Andrew’s. No experience is necessary.

Wednesday Mornings
10:30-11 a.m. at Food Gatherers
Drivers are needed to pick-up a food order at Food Gatherers and deliver it to FUMC.

Various Days at Sam’s Club
Drivers are needed to pick up a food order at Sam’s Club and deliver it to FUMC. Pick-up days and times are flexible.

If you have questions, please contact us, or sign up to volunteer here. We would be happy to have you join us!


Help fund the Love Thy Neighbor Program! Donations are crucial to our ability to continue our work. The program operates year round and costs approximately $12,000 annually. Your donation is tax deductible. If you donate online, you have the option to make a one-time or recurring donation to our program. Donate online here. You may also donate via check by mailing it to FUMC (120 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) or placing it in the weekly collection plate at service. Be sure to notate “Love Thy Neighbor” on the memo line.

Suggested Giving Levels

  • One to-go bag: $5
  • To-go bags for five people: $25
  • One week of the LTN program: $230
  • One month of the LTN program: $1,000

Food Collection

Food donations help us stretch our budget. We welcome donations of pull-top, ready-to-eat canned foods! Because many of our guests are homeless, we are asking for cans that have pull top lids only and do not require a can opener.
Desired foods:
  • Chef Boyardee canned ready-to-eat meals with a pull top lid
  • Pop-top cans of beans
  • Pop-top cans of ready to eat soup
  • Star Kist or Bumble Bee tuna snacks
  • Pop-top cans of tuna or chicken
  • Small pop-top cans of fruit
  • Squeezable applesauce
  • Small boxes of raisins
  • Individual packages of mixed nuts/trail mix
  • Ramen noodles
  • Chocolate or vanilla Ensure nutrition drink

We encourage you to participate in our First Sunday Food Drive by bringing food donations on the first Sunday of each month. You may also place donations in the collection bins near the FUMC church office at any time. Green Wood has a collection bin for donations on the first Saturday of the month.

If you don’t attend services in person, the church office is open M-F from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for drop off. Also, LTN volunteers are at church on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9–10:30 a.m.  

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