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Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan Records

Identifier: UR001356

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection relate to the organization's founding and was known as the Southeastern Michigan Food Coalition (SEMFCO). The records include correspondence, newsletters, surveys, training and conference materials and more spanning from 1969 to 1988. Some of the topics include the Emergency Food Communications Network, emergency food providers and programs, government budgets and programs, and the surplus cheese distribution.


  • 1969 - 1988
  • Majority of material found within 1978 - 1986

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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This organization began as the Southeastern Michigan Food Coalition (SEMFCO). This organization was founded during 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 a sole employee in SEMFCO but in time the organization grew to at least 6 staff members at one point. 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. 1978 was when the Emergency Food Providers’ Council became part of SEMFCO, designed 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 started, 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.


13.5 Linear Feet (13 SB, 1 MB)


This collection contains the materials of the Southeastern Michigan Food Coalition (SEMFCO) which later became the Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan. This collection dates from 1969 to 1988 with the bulk of the records from 1978 to 1986. Topics include local advocacy groups, food programs and cooperatives, committees, task forces, projects, educational and training materials, and more.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


This collection was deposited to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Shirley Powell, the Executive Director, in 1988.

Related Materials

United Community Services collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Danielle Golling in December, 2017.
Guide to the Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan Records
Processed by Danielle Golling.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA