The TV6 Canathon

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 144,500 pounds of food being donated in 10 Upper Michigan Counties in 2016. Since the event began in 1982, the people of Upper Michigan have donated over 3.59 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 2017, those partners include: WYKX/WDBC in Delta County, Y101 in Ontonagon County, Eagle Country Radio/The Rockin’ Eagle 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 (John Siira) 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.

One very important aspect of the TV6 Canathon is that all food collected in a community 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 2017 TV6 Canathon will begin collection on November 13 and wrap up on December 6 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

2017 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. Offer good through December 1.
(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. Starting on November 15.

The Kewadin Casino in Manistique & Christmas is providing $5 of Kewadin Credits 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 25th, 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 20, 21 & 22 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 7pm) 906-786-3800 or 906-786-6144.

Peter White Public Library is offering Food for Fines, a program that allows library users to 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.

The Carp River and Ontonagon Township Libraries will be doing "Food for Fines" at the rate of $1 for each non-expired, non-perishable food item, up to a total of $10 per account. Food for Fines can only be applied towards existing late fees and will not count towards charges for lost/damaged items or fee-based library services.

U.P. Home Health & Hospice & U.P. Private Duty Services are giving away two VIZIO Televisions! There are two ways in which YOU can win! We are working together with the TV6 Canathon and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots in their efforts to help our community during the Holidays. Donate three non-perishable food items or a minimum $5 new children’s toy for an entry into the drawings. Enter as many times as you would like! Those who wish to participate may drop off their items to either of the locations listed below. Drop off Canathon items by Wednesday, December 6 and Toys for Tots items by Wednesday, December 13 to qualify for the drawings. (Marquette Drop Off- U.P. Home Health & Hospice - 1125 West Ridge Street, Ishpeming Drop Off - U.P. Home Health & Hospice - 510 Mather Avenue)

**Events and drop-off points are subject to change.**

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