Our Story


The formation of Northwest Food Coalition goes back to 1994, when the Hunger Action Coalition of Detroit reached out to 7 groups around the state to assess hunger and poverty in rural Michigan We were part of a grass roots movement who formed to assist area pantries in dealing with hunger, gathering resources for them, educating the public on needs and strengthening volunteers through a network that gathered and distributed needed food.

Since our inception, our group now includes 34 pantries, 8 baby pantries and 26 meal sites in 6 counties to address those hunger needs. Through the generous gifts of time, money and food, we are making a difference in the lives of those people who have needs and offer fellowship and caring to their neighbors. The Coalition members provide more than a can of soup or a sandwich, but also demonstrate the caring of one human being for another.

Operating Guidelines for the Northwest Food Coalition

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The name of this organization shall be the Northwest Food Coalition
The Mission of the Northwest Food Coalition is to meet the hunger needs of residents of the five county area of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau, while continuing to address the greater issues of poverty.
The guiding principles under which the Northwest Food Coalition shall act are:
• To provide a forum for the exchange of information among members.
• To facilitate the organization of area food drives and the distribution of collected food and goods as needed.
• To provide opportunities for community participation in food drives and other programs
• To administer or provide oversight for any funds received
• To advocate for those in need particularly the food insecure in the five county area.
• To educate members and the community about issues of poverty and hunger.
• Membership shall be open to all organizations serving the food insecure in the five county area.
• It is expected that a representative from each member organization will attend each meeting.
• Members are required to submit monthly statistics of clients served.
• Donations will be tracked and held by the Fiduciary for the Northwest Food Coalition according to the Fiduciary Memo of Understanding.
• Distribution of all funds and goods is based on the consensus decision of the membership.
• Meetings shall be held monthly except in July.
• A simple majority of those present at a meeting constitutes a quorum, with each member organization entitled to one vote.
The officers of the Northwest Food Coalition shall consist of a Coordinator, Secretary and Treasurer.
The duties of the Coordinator are:
• To call and facilitate meetings of the Northwest Food Coalition
• To represent and be a spokesperson for the Northwest Food Coalition in the community.
• To facilitate the distribution of donations to member organizations.
• To maintain an accurate list of member organizations.
The duties of the Secretary are:
• To record minutes of each meeting.
• To perform other duties as requested by the Coordinator
The duties of the Treasurer are:
• To maintain accurate records of financial transactions.
• To sign check requests
• To comply with the responsibilities of the Northwest Food Coalition as stated in the Fiduciary Memorandum of Understanding
• To provide a statement of revenue and expenditures for each meeting of the Northwest Food Coalition as provided by the Fiduciary.
• Officers will be elected by the membership at the January meeting from a slate presented by the nominating committee. They will serve for a two year term with no term limits.
• Vacancies in any office may be filled by a special election at a meeting of the Northwest Food Coalition.
• A Nominating Committee composed of three persons shall be appointed by the Coordinator in the November immediately prior to the January election, and shall be approved by the membership at the November meeting.
• The membership shall select by majority vote a 501(c) 3 non-profit agency as the Fiduciary for the Northwest Food Coalition.
• By mutual agreement, responsibilities for both parties related to financial activities will be articulated in the Fiduciary Memorandum of Understanding.
• Signers of the Fiduciary Memorandum of Understanding for the Northwest Food Coalition will include the Coordinator and the Treasurer.
The Operating Guidelines may be amended by consensus of the membership provided the amendment has been submitted in writing to the membership one month prior to its consideration.