Food Gatherers’ new website provides tools to help users find groceries in the Ann Arbor area

ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw County’s Food Bank and Food Rescue Program, Food Gatherers, have launched a new website with a searchable food finder tool.

The website redesign was made possible by a grant from the UPS Foundation.

“We are grateful to the UPS Foundation for this grant, which enables us to better serve our food insecure neighbors,” said Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers, in a statement. “Since the pandemic began, more people than ever have had access to food aid, many for the first time in their lives.

“When someone is looking for food, the need is often time-sensitive – he needs food now. The new website and improved food finder tool will better serve the increased number of people searching for resources. And because it’s online, they can search around the clock. “

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Food Gatherers’ network of affiliate programs reported a 30-300% increased need for food aid.

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Food Gatherers communications coordinator Lauren Grossman also said visits to the food bank had increased exponentially.

“As the pandemic began, the number of callers and web visitors looking for food aid information skyrocketed. Those numbers remain high to this day, ”Grossman said in a statement. “Finding the previous grocery map and list was not always intuitive, making it difficult for some users to easily access grocery help. We wanted to make the new food find tool as easy to use as possible and accessible on a computer, phone or tablet. “

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