Food Insecurity

Love Thy Neighbor

The Love Thy Neighbor (LTN) program is an outreach of FUMC which provides food for our neighbors in the community who are facing food-insecurity. Every morning LTN provides non-perishable, pop-top ready-to-eat canned foods, boxed juice and nutrition drinks to the guests of the St. Andrew’s Breakfast Program. We welcome you to support the program financially.

Learn more about the program or sign up to volunteer.


Circles of Washtenaw County

Circles pairs low-income participants (leaders) with middle to upper income allies to build relationships and work together to bring the leader out of poverty. They meet weekly and FUMC volunteers supply a meal twice a year for all participants. Volunteers meet about two times a year to prepare and serve dinner for participants of the Friends in Deed Circles program. Meals are served at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Washtenaw Ave.

Contact:  Linda LaBarre at

Mind the Gap

This is a group of people who are passionate about learning about and solving the food insecurity issues in our community and Michigan. We also showcase local organizations at our meetings that serve the needs of people who do not have adequate access to nutritious food and face other barriers to reaching and maintaining good health. We established FUMC’s participation in Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters campaign which is an opportunity to advocate for key federal funding and policies that help support people of all ages experiencing hunger and/or food insecurity. The Bread for the World Offering of Letters campaign happens annually. Contact us to learn more about participating.

Contact: Lynn Palacios at

Hope Clinic

The food outreach program, for which volunteers are needed, has been extremely active in this COVID-19 period. Hope Clinic offers hot “to go” meals to consumers every evening (5-6 p.m.) except for Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed for the 4th Thursday of each month at the clinic, 3-6:30 p.m. and at various other times throughout the week sorting and distributing food boxes.


Contact: Mark Giesler at

Community Action Network (CAN)

The Community Action Network (CAN), a non-profit community organization, serves under resourced families living in Washtenaw County.  CAN advocates for low income families with schools, community service providers, and government agencies.  They provide educational and life skills programs for children and teens, and supportive housing services for families living in the complex, as well as working to build community within the areas they serve.

Contact: Chris Nelson at

Crop Walk

The annual Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk involves walkers and supporters raising funds to help those who are hungry. People from various faiths and groups in a community wide event and walkers of all ages walking a 1.8 mile route on a fall Sunday afternoon. Of the funds raised, 25% support hunger relief efforts in our community and 75% supports worldwide hunger relief work of Church World Service.

Contact: Spring Jackson at

*Family friendly, youth volunteers welcome