The TV6 Canathon began in 1982 with about 700 pounds of food being donated to help the local food pantries that first year. Since that time the annual donations have increased dramatically with over 157,300 pounds of food being donated in 10 Upper Michigan Counties in 2017. Since the event began in 1982, the people of Upper Michigan have donated over 3.74 million pounds of food to their local food pantries.
The continued success can be attributed to a number of factors. One of the most important is the partnerships we have developed over the years with a number of local organizations and radio stations. In 2018, those partners include: United Steelworkers Locals 4950 & 4974 organizing collections in Western Marquette County Schools, WYKX/WDBC in Delta County, Y101 in Ontonagon County, Eagle Radio in Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, St. Vincent DePaul Society and Salvation Army in Marquette County, The Munising News in Alger County, St. Vincent DePaul in Iron County, plus the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Schoolcraft County, the City of Ironwood (Bob Tervonen) and the cities of Wakefield and Bessemer (Richard Brackney & Susan Ahonen) in Gogebic County, also in Gogebic County is WIMI/WJMS radio who are assisting with the event, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO in Dickinson County, and the student group “Marquette Ending Hunger” on Northern Michigan University’s campus.
Another factor that helps in a big way to make the TV6 Canathon such a success is the involvement of over 75 schools throughout Upper Michigan. From elementary schools, to middle and high schools, to local colleges and universities, students of all ages pitch in to collect much needed food for their local food pantries. Plus we will have over 250 drop off points established throughout 10 Upper Michigan counties thanks to the local business communities.
All food collected in a community through the TV6 Canathon stays there to “help feed a hungry neighbor.” Once the food is collected, it is distributed through St. Vincent DePaul Society and Salvation Army food banks and food pantries affiliated with various local churches.
The impact of the annual TV6 Canathon can be felt in nearly every community throughout a 10 county area in Upper Michigan. The 2018 TV6 Canathon will officially begin collections on November 12 and wrap up on December 5 with a live, one-hour, commercial-free TV6 Canathon program from 7-8 p.m. EST. If you would like more information on the TV6 Canathon or would like to get involved please contact TV6 Canathon Director Scott Zerbel at 906-315-4297 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of items for Food Pantry Donations, check out the related document in this article.
2018 TV6 Canathon Special Events
The Ojibwa Casinos in Baraga & Marquette will provide $5 of free play per day for every 3 non-perishable food items donated at either location. Make a donation today to the TV6 Canathon and help feed a hungry neighbor. (Restrictions apply see Casino guest services for details.)
Drop 12 non-perishable food items off at Schwalbach’s Kitchen Specialist on Third Street in Marquette and receive a free Corian Cutting Board. Stop in and make a donation today. Offer runs from November 15 to December 5.
The Kewadin Casino in Manistique & Christmas is providing $5 of free play on your Northern Rewards Card to those who drop off 3 non-perishable food items at the Casinos. The offer is good through November 30. Stop by and make a donation to help feed a hungry neighbor in Schoolcraft & Alger Counties.
Tadych Econo Foods in Marquette, Iron Mountain and Houghton will be matching all food donations made at their stores on Saturday, November 24th, pound for pound. Stop in and double the impact of your donation to the TV6 Canathon.
The WYKX/WDBC TV6 Canathon food collection effort is happening November 19, 20 & 21 in Delta County. Stop by Elmer’s County Market, Save-Mor IGA, Wal-Mart or Pat’s Foods, Gladstone and make a donation to help feed a hungry neighbor. (9am to 6pm) 906-786-3800 or 906-786-6144.
Peter White Public Library is offering Food for Fines, resolve overdue fines or get a free film rental with the donation of non-perishable food items to the TV6 Canathon. Bring in one non-perishable food item in exchange for $1.00 in overdue fines or a film rental.
Drop off three nonperishable food items at the Window Store in Marquette and receive a free bottle of glass cleaner.
Through November 30th Manistique High School is having a competition between classes to see who can collect the most food for the TV6 Canathon. Winning class receives a prize.
Through December 1st, Emerald Elementary School in Manistique a competing to see who can collect the most food for the TV6 Canathon. Winning class receive a Pizza party.
Through November 30th stop by the Manistique Federal Credit Union and drop off 3 non-perishable food items and enter to win a $50 gift card.
Donate 3 non-perishable food items at Thompson Veterinary Clinic in Manistique and register to win a $100 gift basket.
Drop off 5 non-perishable food items at Good Neighbor Service, Christ Fellowship Ministries or St. Vincent DePaul in Manistique and register to win a 32 inch Flat Screen TV.
The Marquette Veterinary Clinic is offering a free nail trim for your pet when you make a donation of non-perishable food items at their clinic in Harvey.
Make a donation of 4 Non-Perishable Food Items to any of the business drop off point in Dickinson County and register to win a 4-Pack of Green Bay Gambler Hockey Tickets courtesy of Frog Radio, Radio Now & The Mountain. Winners announced on December 5th.
**Events and drop-off points are subject to change.**