The Shiawassee Hunger Network is an alliance of 10 independently run food pantries located throughout Shiawassee County. These pantries realize additional donations, distributions, and economies of scale because of their collaborative efforts.

As administrator of this alliance, Shiawassee United Way provides fundraising, marketing, grant writing, secretarial, management, and product donation seeking services. The alliance pantries realize reductions in administrative costs because of the efforts of Shiawassee United Way. This frees their resources so that they can focus on the neighbors in need that they serve.

Shiawassee United Way returned to the community $120,367 in services and products through the Shiawassee Hunger Network. Your local United Way serves as administrator for this 11 food and/or personal needs pantry alliance with locations throughout the county. In 2014, the Hunger Network Pantries distributed 361,524 complete meals to 24,553 persons. Of the people served, 58% were either under the age of 18 or over the age of 60.

If addressing hunger in Shiawassee County is your passion, you may help by donating to the Shiawassee Hunger Network. Simply write a check to the Shiawassee United Way and indicate "Shiawassee Hunger Network" in the notes section. The funds will be used to feed your neighbors in need in Shiawassee County.

Generous Community Members Donate Livestock Purchases to Shiawassee Hunger Network

Several community members purchased livestock at the 2014 Shiawassee County Fair and donated the meat to Hunger Network pantries. This kind gesture helps not only the hungry, but also encourages the many 4H youth of the county to continue to raise livestock for the fair.

This type of partnership provides positive, lasting results for the Shiawassee County community in the education of our youth. Stories abound of entire college educations being paid with proceeds earned from the sale of cows, pigs, sheep, and small animals. In addition, lessons in responsibility, animal husbandry, and business management are learned.

You, too, can be a part of this far-reaching community partnership. Visit the Hunger Network table this year at the Shiawassee County Fair Animal Auctions and donate all or part of an animal purchased.

Click here to view the Shiawassee Hunger Network Brochure