LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Secretary of State branches across Michigan are collecting nonperishable food items and money as part of an annual program to help the needy.
The Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign has a goal of 300,000 pounds of food and $750,000. It runs through Dec. 16.
More than 180,000 pounds of food was collected last year with $930,000 raised.
Donations of canned meats, dry beans, soups, beef stew, pasta, peanut butter and tuna are sought. Baby food and formula, diapers, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes also are accepted.
Financial donations may be made online at www.feedmichigan.org .
The campaign is coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Regional food banks serve food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.