D.H.S. has made a policy change to the Bridge Card (food stamps) Program. There is now
a 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.
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!
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
MICHIGAN WIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
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
MICHIGAN WIC APPLICATION RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
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
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)
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.
EATING RIGHT IS BASIC
Michigan State University Extension
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.!
13555 Oakman Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48238
Phone: 313-494-5500 To check for eligibility call: 313-494-4600
Approximately 38,000 senior citizens in 42 metropolitan Detroit communities receive nutritional,
supplemental food through Focus: HOPE each month. 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
four food centers to those who meet the income guidelines. To 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 313-494-4488.
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.
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.
VETERANS: Please see special resources for you below!
BAKERY THRIFT STORES
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
5331 W. Michigan Ave. 48197
24734 Van Born 48125
2380 Lapeer Road 48060
10340 Highland 48383
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
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
NO VETERAN LEFT BEHIND
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
Veteran's Haven Inc operates two food programs, one specifically for Veterans and the second for seniors,
low-iincome, and disabled individuals. 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. Veterans can pick up food any day of the week during normal business hours of
9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Emergency situations can call (734) 728-0527 and leave a message.
You will receive a response the same day.
On Wednesdays from 9 am to 12:30 pm additional food is distributed to Veterans, seniors and others (proof of
income and ID required). The food that is distributed consists of canned goods, dry goods, various fruits and vegetables, crackers, cookies, juices and milk (meats and other frozen items for Vets only), courtesy of Gleaners Food Bank.
Southgate Food Co-Op
Southgate MI 48195
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!