Produce Distributions

The Junior League of Ann Arbor is proud to maintain its Produce Distributions. This program began in the Fall of 2012 and is in partnership with Food Gatherers, the food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County. The Junior League of Ann Arbor's Produce Distribution program fights childhood hunger and obesity in Washtenaw County by providing fresh fruits and vegetables, nutritious snacks, and health education. This series of interactive, market-style distributions focuses on serving Estabrook Elementary School families experiencing food insecurity. It supplements federal programs, like the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  Parents and children “shop” produce offerings and select up to 20 lbs of fresh food per family.  Through this program, the Junior League of Ann Arbor commits to providing local families with access to nutritious, high-quality food and health education.  

The Issues:

  • Research indicates that hungry children have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate.
  • This is the first generation of children that has a lower life expectancy then their parents due to childhood obesity.
  • Low income  neighborhoods frequently lack full service grocery stores and farmers’ markets where residents can buy a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products--high fat products are bought instead.
  • Food insecurity contributes to both childhood hunger and obesity.
Our Solutions: 
  • Free distributions of healthy produce to families in need right here in Washtenaw County.

  • Fight childhood hunger and obesity with fresh fruits and vegetables, nutritious snacks, and health education.