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 more than 116,000 pounds of food being donated in 10 Upper Michigan Counties in 2018. Since the event began in 1982, the people of Upper Michigan have donated more than 3.86 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 2019, 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 350 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 2019 TV6 Canathon will officially begin collections on November 11 and wrap up on December 4 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


For a list of items for Food Pantry Donations, check out the related document in this article.


***2019 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 14 to December 4.

The Kewadin Casino in Manistique 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 County. (Must be used within 7 days of receipt.)

Tadych Econo Foods in Marquette, Iron Mountain and Houghton will be matching all food donations made at their stores on Saturday, November 30th, 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 25, 26 & 27 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, 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 five nonperishable food items at the Window Store in Marquette and receive a free bottle of glass cleaner.

November 1st - December 4th - Manistique Federal Credit Union will be giving an entry ticket for a $50 Gift Credit Card for every 3 cans of non-perishables donated.

November 11th - December 4th - Yeti is helping the TV6 Can-A-Thon by sponsoring the competition between grades at the Manistique Middle and High Schools to Win an Ice Cream Social - Send your kids with non-perishables and canned goods!

November 11th - December 4th - The Emerald Elementary Classes in Manistique will be competing in the TV6 Can-A-Thon also and the classes with the weight will win a pizza party! So keep those canned goods coming!

November 11-December 4th – Putvins Drug in Manistique - Bring in any non-perishable food item and get your name in a drawing for a wonderful gift basket.

November 11th - December 4th - Thompson Vet Clinic Office - Bring in 3 cans of non-perishables for an entry for a Gift Basket.

November 18th ONLY - Schone's Chiropractic - Bring 5 non-perishables for a free adjustment!!! New patients welcomed! They will have a collection box available for the week as another drop off source for the community.

November 1st - December 4th - Good Neighbors Services & Christ Fellowship Ministries - bring in 5 cans of non-perishable food can items for you will have your name entered into a drawing for 3 opportunities to win a $20 gift certificate to any of the fine food establishments in Manistique.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.

U.P. Home Health & Hospice and U.P. Private Duty Services are giving away a Polaroid 55 inch 4K Smart LED Television! Donate three nonperishable food items for the TV6 Canathon to be entered into the drawing. Enter as many times as you would like!Those who wish to participate may drop off their items to either UPHHH locations. Drop off donations by December 3 to qualify for the drawing.

Drop Off UPHHH - 1125 West Ridge Street - Marquette, MI 49855Drop Off UPHHH - 510 Mather Avenue - Ishpeming, MI 49849

*Employees, Volunteers, and the immediate family members, of U.P. Home Health & Hospice and U.P. Private Duty Services are not eligible to win.

Drop off nonperishable food items at Bald Eagle Harley Davidson of Marquette and enter for a chance to win a 50″ flat screen TV.

Drop off food donations for the TV6 Canathon at Marthaler of Marquette and they will match your donation pound for pound. Drop off a new toy at Marthaler of Marquette for Toys for Tots and register to win a 50″ 4K Smart TV.

Register to win a free gift basket when you drop off 5 nonperishable food item at Uptown Gifts at 702 Chippewa Square in Marquette.

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