Featured Image: Bryant Community Center students picking up meals and reading material. Thank you to Children's Literacy Network for the book donations!
Dear Friends,

CAN's first two weeks of emergency relief were a whirlwind. From mastering virtual staff meetings to distributing 10,000+ meals and plenty of extra deliveries worth of groceries, we are doing our best to respond and adapt to these new challenges. Pre-pandemic CAN distributed and served about 19,000 meals annually 🤯.

That being said, this crisis is far from over. Social distancing measures will likely remain in place for the rest of the school year and will continue to impact CAN families for months to come. CAN plans to continue providing children and families with the food they need over that time, and we're also hard at work to offer students with at-home enrichment activities while our After School Programs are closed with 1,000's of educational and arts and crafts kits delivered in just the first 2 weeks!

Within 4 days of our first anonymous $10,000 match donation being fully matched, another family has stepped up to keep the momentum going! We are kicking off our second match campaign to raise funds for our COVID-19 response. This time Mike and State Rep. Donna Lasinski have generously offered to match donations up to $10,000. That means that your contribution today will have double the impact for kids and families in need of food and educational resources.
We continue to be inspired by the acts of compassion we see everyday, and so incredibly grateful for all of the community partners who have invested their time, talent, and treasure in CAN's programs. We will all get through this difficult time together.

Thank you and take care,
Derrick Miller, Executive Director
Program Highlights
CAN's food pantries and distributions at the Arrowwood Hills, Bryant, Hikone, and Green Baxter Court Community Centers are open and serving lots of new and returning clients. Food Gatherers is providing additional deliveries as n e eded to keep up with increased demand, and volunteers are helping CAN pick up additional food donations and make home grocery deliveries to elderly and high-risk clients.

Several organizations and individuals have donated homemade washable masks for our staff and volunteers to use during food distributions, including First Presbyterian Church and even a dedicated BCC family. We're thankful for your thought in keeping us and the families we interact with a little bit safer.
CAN is providing take-home dinners for school-aged children and families at the above community centers, as well as distributing breakfasts and lunch from Ann Arbor Public Schools. Special shoutout to Lilian at Sprouting Chefs and Allison Anastasio at Last Bite and their team , who have been making ~200 delicious dinners per weekday for our kiddos over the past two weeks, with even more to come this week.


EMU occupational therapy intern Stephanie O. created and donated 200 take-home art kits for CAN's students. Designed in collaboration with CAN Art & Design, these kits included all the materials and instructions the kids needed to make several creative projects. Stay tuned for more exciting news from CAN A&D soon!

You can follow CAN A&D on Instagram @canartdesign and make a donation here .
CAN Spotlight
Now more than ever, it's important to take time to celebrate good news. With that in mind, we're excited to share that Frankie, CAN's Director of Development, welcomed a healthy baby girl last Saturday. Everyone here at CAN is so excited to meet our newest team member–once it's safe, of course!

Congratulations Frankie and family!
How can you help?
Donate Towards Meals: Make a contribution to CAN's food fund to help provide out-of-school meals. All new donations will be matched up to $10,000 for double the impact!

Donate Food: Donate food and unopened personal care items at any CAN location , as well as at Food Gatherers .

Make-a-Meal: Drop off pre-made meals and/or snacks at a CAN location. Click here to learn more.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Email info@cananna rbor.org !
Need or know someone that needs food?

CAN's Bryant Community Center Market is open to all Washtenaw County residents.

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