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Food Bank of Eastern Michigan raises $20,400 in annual radiothon

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan raised $20,400 — enough to provide 122,400 meals — during the annual Fox Feeding Frenzy Radiothon on March 1, 2019.

The radiothon, in its fourth year, featured the Food Bank and its partners on the air for 12 hours during 103.9 The Fox programming. Listeners called in throughout the day to make donations, and several organizations sponsored hours. Lake Michigan Credit Union contributed $5,000 and Hurley Medical Center and Huntington Bank each made $1,000 contributions.

Andrea and Jason Sydor and family sponsored the 5 p.m. hour, with all proceeds from that hour supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Backpack Program. In total, more than $7,000 was raised during that hour, including a $3,000 donation from the Sydor family.

A guitar autographed by Mark Farner, one of the founders of Grand Funk Railroad, was sold for $1,345, with all of the proceeds going to the radiothon total.

“We are grateful for the support from everyone who sponsored, called into, and supported our radiothon,” said Kara Ross, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “Fighting food insecurity requires constant, ongoing effort by everyone in our community. In just one day, we raised enough money to feed 122,400 people — that shows the tremendous impact we can make when organizations and people work together for a common goal. We are also thankful for our hosts, 103.9 The Fox, for sharing their space at the station with our staff and volunteers and devoting an entire day of programming to supporting the Food Bank and the people we serve.”

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves 22 counties and works with more than 400 partner agencies in the communities we serve. The United Way of Saginaw County, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, Swartz Creek Church of Christ, and Flint First Wesleyan Church were among our partner agencies who participated in the radiothon.

Ten volunteers from GM Flint Tool and Die supported the radiothon by working shifts answering phones throughout the day. Dozens of businesses also supported the radiothon by donating prizes, gift cards, food, and other incentives for participants, including: the Bavarian Inn, Cops and Robbers, Freakin Unbelievable Burgers, Target of Fenton, Meijer, Blondie’s, Pesto’s, Great Harvest Bread Company, Sam’s Italian Restaurant, Donna’s Donuts, Biggby Coffee, Italia Gardens, Logan’s Roadhouse, and Harlem Globetrotters tickets courtesy of 103.9 The Fox.

Gifts of all sizes made throughout the day will support the Food Bank’s mission of eradicating hunger in the counties we serve. Supporters of all ages made an impact — Emily Simpson, 11, and her father Patrick were listening and Emily asked her dad if they could stop in and make a donation.

“The motivations of our donors to give are truly inspirational,” Ross said. “Anyone can make an impact — for as little as $1, we can provide six meals for people in need. In just 12 hours, so many people came together to ensure people in need will be able to provide food for their families.”