Mission and History
The Livingston County Hunger Council is a collaborative group made up of government agencies, non-profits, businesses, and community members working together to ensure that everyone in Livingston County has access to the nutritious food they need, when they need it.
Using the Michigan Blueprint to End Hunger, the Livingston Hunger Council’s mission is to end hunger in Livingston County by strengthening the current food system, and by developing new and inventive ways of getting food into the hands of the people who need it.
- May, 2007 – The Food Bank Council of Michigan released the “Blueprint to End Hunger”, which identified a 51% gap in between meals needed and available to low-income residents of Livingston County (~ 5 million meals).
- January, 2008 – Livingston County Basic Needs Workgroup commissioned Alexander Resources to conduct a local study of food insecurity and access issues.
- May, 2008 – Key partners from different sectors of the community, assembled to form the Livingston County Hunger Council with the goal to fill “the gap” and eliminate hunger in Livingston County.
- October, 2009 – The “Council” was formed in an official capacity with an importance placed on finding members from a cross sector of the community.
- December, 2009 – Committees were formed, and the first year’s goal was set – an additional 3.5 million meals by 2010 year-end, with 1.5 million of those meals as a direct result of the Council’s activities.
- December, 2010 – With a year of collaborative efforts complete, the members of the Livingston Hunger Council could boast a total of 3,855,423 additional meals, reducing the hunger gap by almost 77%.