Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan Records

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This organization began as the Southeastern Michigan Food Coalition (SEMFCO). It was founded in 1977 by local groups who were concerned with the hunger problem in the United States. They thought that collaboration between the emergency food providers and other groups would be the best way to take on the challenges. In the beginning there was one sole employee in SEMFCO but in time the organization grew to at least 6 staff members. Over time a slideshow was developed and newsletters and bulletins were sent out by the organization to educate and inform.

SEMFCO was compiled of a number of committees and task forces, and an example of that is the Emergency Food Providers’ Council, which became part of SEMFCO in 1978, and was created in order to assist with problems with food stamps. SEMFCO was also involved in a number of different undertakings to try and help those in need and the organizations helping those individuals. In 1984, the Emergency Food Communication Network was created, which was a SEMFCO/United Community Services (UCS) collaboration, to help facilitate information transmission from different groups that was important during the economic downturn. Two years later, UCS was no longer involved. Eventually SEMFCO became the Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan.

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