Agency

Thank you for joining our team of more than 400 hunger relief agencies partnering with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in the fight
against hunger.

Together, Food Bank partner agencies feed more than 22,000 individuals each week – at food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers and more. Your creativity and energy are finding solutions to ease hunger for people from all backgrounds who experience need in many ways.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is proud to serve beside you. Let us know how we can serve you better.

Do you want to help with hunger relief efforts in eastern Michigan? Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and have the capacity and resources to store and distribute food, meals or provide other hunger-related services? If so, you may be just the partner we need, especially in areas of lacking emergency food and services. Our partner agencies distribute directly to those in need and are a vital part of the emergency food chain.  The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM) provides partner agencies access to low- and no-cost food to distribute to clients. We also provide technical assistance and training while we ensure your program meets food safety standards and provides fair and equitable service to clients. Read below to learn about our requirements for partners and some tips for starting a food program.

     Any organization wishing to partner with FBEM must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the application process:

  • Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization, or be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) umbrella organization. Limited exceptions may be made if your church meets the spirit of the criteria used by the IRS to define a church
  • Offer services directly to the ill, needy, or children (under 18 years) free of charge and with no requirement to attend any kind of service
  • Distribute food as an emergency food box or as a meal prepared onsite to be consumed on the premises
  • Have a facility able to safely handle and distribute food.
  • Have a record-keeping system that fulfills FBEM’s reporting requirements

While it is not required, we recommend that new agencies operate a food program for at least six months prior to applying. Running a food program is a big responsibility. It requires a major commitment of time, funds and energy.

Once you meet all of the above requirements, becoming a Partner Agency can be very easy. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan accepts applications at any time.  However, during October-January the application process can take longer than the average 4-6 week time frame.  Please allow time for us to thoroughly review your submitted materials and schedule a site review prior to starting your food distribution program.

To get started:

  • 1.  Download the application materials or request a hardcopy of the materials by contacting James Richardson at (810) 396.0221 or via email at jrichardson@feedingamerica.org.
  • 2.  Mail completed application along with requested support documentation to:
    Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
    Attn: Agency Relations
    2312 Lapeer Rd.
    Flint, MI  48503
  • 3.  Once the application is received and is found complete, staff will schedule a site visit and training session.  Partnership with FBEM is contingent upon:
  • a)  Successful completion of the partnership application
  • b) A successful site visit with no findings or corrective action required
  • c)  Determination that your scope of service is in line with our mission to feed the hungry in eastern Michigan

Questions regarding the Food Bank, our mission, the application and our review process can be directed to the Food Bank Agency Relations Department at (810) 239-4441.