The National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273), 
refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model 
grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food and build self-reliance. 
Help is available on Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm EST. Hablamos español. The Hotline is funded 
in part by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

No Kid Hungry!                            
Phone:   Call 2-1-1
Text:  FOODMI to 877-877
FREE summer meals are available for all children under the age of 18.  No registration or ID is 
required to access free summer meals.  To find your summer site, call, text or visit the website above. 

This site used to list all the food pantries in 6 counties but in the last year or so, its become impossible 
to keep up on all the new pantries opening as well as closing so we are leaving that information service 
to the sites listed below who do it so well!  

      (click on the pantry locator)

EXPEDITED  Food Assistance Benefits  (Bridge Card)
If you have little or no money, or no home, you might qualify to have your Food Assistance Program (FAP) 
application processed more quickly.  Ask the receptionist for the short application filing form. Complete it, 
sign and date it, and TURN IT TODAY!  A specialist will look at the information you have provided and will 
be able to tell you whether you qualify for faster service OR if you must wait the normal processing time. 
If you have the right to faster service, you will still have to complete the entire application form and talk 
with a specialist to see if you qualify for food assistance benefits.  You will also need to provide the 
Department with the required documents to verify your statement AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  
For quicker service, you may set up a Department of Human Services account and apply online at

Below are the categorial requirements for the Women Infants and Children program in Michigan.
During pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy
Postpartum up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy
Breastfeeding up to the infant's first birthday
Up to the infant's/child's first birthday
Applicants must be a resident of Michigan. If you are an applicant and live in an area where the Women 
Infants and Children program is administered by an Indian Tribal Organization, then you must meet 
residency requirements established by the ITO.
Applicants are not required to live in Michigan or a local service area for a certain amount of time to 
meet the WIC eligibility requirements. At the option of the local state agency, an Michigan WIC applicant 
may be required to live in a local service area and apply for benefits at a clinic near that area. 

Senior Project FRESH     (this is a Federal program)
(Farm Resources Expanding and Supporting Health)
This program allows low-income, nutritionally at-risk people 60 and older, to buy fresh produce using 
coupon booklets.  The FRESH coupons are administered through the Michigan Department of Community 
Health and eligible consumers can use the coupons at participating farmers markets and roadside 
stands from June through October.     See new program directly below! 


Fair Food Network's "Double Up Food Bucks" Program 
Phone: 866-586-2796
Some markets this year also are participating in the Fair Food Network's Double up Food Bucks Project.  
This is for people who use the Bridge cards for food assistance.  Each time the card is used for fruits and 
vegetables, the amount spent is matched dollar for dollar, up to $20, to be used toward more fruits and 
vegetables. 46 markets in the Metro Detroit area and Toledo are now accepting this program! 

(Michigan's Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly)
Administration Office:
3815 W. St. Joseph   Suite C-200      Potential clients please call 1-877-664-2233  
Lansing, MI  48917
Phone: 517-485-9164       Client Assistance:  1-866-400-9164
MiCAFE, or Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly, is a program of Elder Law of Michigan 
that provides benefit application assistance to seniors age 60 and older, helping them make ends meet 
and put healthy food on their table. MiCAFE is an educational and community-centered program that 
focuses on improving the health and well-being of seniors around the state of Michigan. 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)  
TEFAP offers monthly food support to eligible residents.  Proof of income and residency is required!   
The Program: USDA buys the food, including processing and packaging, and ships it to the States. 
The amount received by each State depends on its low-income and unemployed population. State 
agencies work out details of administration and distribution. They select local organizations that 
either directly distribute to households or serve meals, or distribute to other local organizations 
that perform these functions.  Each State sets criteria for determining what households are eligible 
to receive food for home consumption. Income standards may, at the State’s discretion, be met 
through participation in other existing Federal, State, or local food, health, or welfare programs 
for which eligibility is based on income.

Michigan State University Extension 
Administrative Office:
5454 Venoy
Wayne,  MI  48184
Phone:  734-721-6576  OR  888-678-3464
Stretch your food dollars while keeping your family healthy with this fun course from MSU Extension 
Program!  Classes are offered throughout Michigan and you can sign up today at the contact info above.
Some of the courses available are:  Shopping on a Budget, Food Canning and Preservation, Diabetes 
Prevention, Food Safety, Chronic Disease Management, etc.!  

Focus HOPE Food for Seniors Program 
13555 Oakman Blvd.  
Detroit,  MI  48238  
Phone:  313-494-5500      To check for eligibility call:  313-494-4600
The Focus: HOPE Food for Seniors Program provides free monthly food to Seniors Citizens who 
are 60 years of age or older & reside in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. For 
many of our seniors, the box of food is their main source of nutritious food. At a time when they 
should be enjoying their golden years, many are barely able to pay living and medical expenses. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture food supplements ensure that our older citizens get the assistance 
they need.  Food is distributed through food centers to those who meet the income guidelines. 
help with food selection, signs in the food centers are in three languages: English, Spanish and Arabic. 
Home deliveries are made to home-bound seniors by volunteers from schools, churches, local businesses 
and organizations
Seniors can get certified to receive food at any Focus: HOPE food center or through one of the certification 
agencies in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw counties.
To be certified, a senior must provide:
•Proof of age (e.g. state identification card)
•Proof of income for current year (e.g. pension statement, pay stub, or award letter from Social Security)
•Number of people in household
Volunteer transportation may be arranged for eligible senior citizens who are homebound and are unable 
to get a ride from a friend or relative. Call 313-494-4980.

Food programs and services vary with local needs. For information on specific programs and locations, 
contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center by using the location search on this page.

MiMi's Mission / Pack the Pantry        JUST ADDED 2/24/17
20050 Vreeland 
Woodhaven, MI  48183 
Phone:  844-Hey-MiMi  OR  844-439-6464
The Pantry is a NOT a monthly assistance program.  It is a Hand-Up, not a Hand-Out program.
Assists families to alleviate strain on their budget by providing household and personal care items.
Shampoo / Conditioner / Body Wash / Hand Soap / Deodorant / Tissues / Toilet Paper / Shaving 
Cream / Razors / Q-Tips / Toothbrushes / Tooth Paste / Dental Floss / Baby Shampoo / Baby Wash 
Baby Lotion / Baby Wipes / Children's Toothbrushes / Children's Toothpaste / Children's Shampoo
Allen Park, Brownstown Charter Township, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Charter Township, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven and Wyandotte.
REQUIREMENTS: Proof of Downriver residency and a current pay-stub to show you are actively employed.

Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
1921 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
Phone:  734-544-0015  OR  800-482-3041
Emergency food assistance for those with bleeding disorders that impact their income such as 
hemophilia, von Willebrand, other coagulation disorders, hepatitis, HIV or AIDS. Must not have 
received aid from this agency in past 12 months. 

American Indian Services 
1110 Southfield Road
Lincoln Park, MI  48146
Phone:  313-388-4100
A food giveaway is held on the second Wednesday.  People eligible to receive USDA commodity 
food based on low-income guidelines can come between noon and 3:30 p.m. with a proof of family 
income and number of people in the family.  Entry is through the alley doorway. 

VETERANS:  Please see special resources for you below!

ALSO:  Please see the Meals On Wheels page on this website.
              For Community Dinners (Soup Kitchens), please see this page on this website

D.H.S. has made a policy change to the Bridge Card (food stamps) Program. There is now 
LIFETIME ban on those persons wishing to receive FIP (cash assistance) OR FAP 
(food stamp) benefits if they were convicted two or more times for the use, possession 
or distribution of controlled substances occurring after August 22, 1996.   


Hostess & Wonder Bakery Outlets:  Please note that all of the Hostess outlets have closed. 

Aunt Millie's Bakeries                  
Phone:  855-755-BAKE (2253)
971 W. Beecher  49221
Phone: 517-263-4319
5331 W. Michigan Ave.  48197
Phone:  734-528-5295
Dearborn Heights
24734 Van Born  48125
Phone:  313-291-2140
Port Huron
2380 Lapeer Road  48060
Phone:  810-985-9126
White Lake
10340 Highland  48383
Phone:  248-698-4254
These are just some of the bakeries Thrift Stores.  Please see the website above for a more complete listing!

Entenmanns Bakery Outlet    
13280 Newburgh Road 
Livonia, MI 48150 
Phone:  734-464-1743
Type your zip code in on the webpage above to find the nearest outlet to you!

Awreys Bakery Outlet     
12301 Farmington Road  
Livonia, MI  48150
Phone: 866-743-7525


Administrative Office ONLY: 
1515 W. Fort Street   Suite 1429
Lincoln Park, MI  48146
Phone:  313-595-1262  OR  313-978-4443
A Veteran's resource agency that finds housing, food,clothing, substance abuse programs and mental 
health agencies for veterans in need.  Serves all ages of Veterans and their families in Wayne, Oakland 
and Macomb counties.  Please call the telephone numbers FIRST.  

Veteran's Outreach Center / Veterans Haven Inc.
4924 Wayne Road 
Wayne, MI  48184  
Phone:  734-728-0527   
Website:  http:/                                                
Veterans in need are eligible for our weekly food give-away every Wednesday at our  Outreach Center facility 
between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Veteran's Haven partners with Gleaners Food Bank delivering, unloading, and 
sorting food items for distribution. Applicants line cars up in alley across the street from our Outreach facility 
and await instructions for food pick up.  Our program assists those in need throughout Wayne County and surrounding communities.  Any Veterans that is honorably discharged  and is laid off, unemployed, or disabled 
can qualify for this program. Emergency situations can call (734) 728-0527 and leave a message. You will receive 
a response the same day.


Southgate Food Co-Op               
Asher School                                      
14101 Leroy   
Southgate MI  48195    
Phone:  734-246-4633
One-time registration fee of $1.00 and you receive a bag of seasonal produce for $10.00 and 
cheese is available at reasonable prices.  Once registered, you must order one week before pickup.
For all Downriver residents!  

This page was last updated: February 25, 2017