The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is carefully monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 from trusted sources, including the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Governor’s office; Michigan Department of Education; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; and Health Department. Additionally, we are in regular contact with representatives from community organizations we partner with, including churches, schools, healthcare facilities, soup kitchens, and others in our 22-county service area to assess how the emergency declaration is changing their needs and how the Food Bank can help fill needs in the community.
We are also in communication with Michigan’s other Food Banks and with Feeding America so that any contingency plans, communications, cleaning protocols, and other needs are shared effectively throughout our national network.
The situation is rapidly changing. We will update with new information or changes to our operations or the operations of our partner organizations as available. Please check our website, www.fbem.org, for updates. We will share new information here as it becomes available.
People in Need of Food Assistance
If churches or pantries are closed or change operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will list that information on this web page below. Community members can also download the “Got Food?” app in the iOS or Google app stores to find food sources near them. The state of Michigan’s Michigan 2-1-1 web page also provides resources for people in need of food.
Residents in need of food can find pantries near them by searching by zip code on our website. Calendars for our scheduled mass and mobile food distributions are also online. NOTE: We recommend calling distribution or pantry locations ahead of time to make sure they are still open.
- E-communication on expanded Food Bank services – March 17, 2020
- Letter from President and CEO Kara Ross to the community – March 13, 2020
- Letter from President and CEO Kara Ross – March 13, 2020
Employees and Volunteers:
We take the health of our employees seriously and while we are in prevention phase, the Food Bank is asking employees to help reduce the risk of transmission of many viruses by following the guidelines provided by the CDC:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if hand washing is not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or your arm.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects using a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Blue Care Network offers telemedicine for employees on that plan.
We have placed cleaning supplies in common areas throughout the facility. Please help keep your workstations and equipment clean, while thinking about items you touch each day and ensure you are cleaning them regularly as well. This includes phone, keyboard, mouse, chair arms, desk, forklifts and broom handles. We have also ramped up the cleaning of “high-touch” areas like tables, doorknobs, light switches, faucets, and tables. These high-touch areas will be cleaned by operations staff on a frequent and regular basis.
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan relies on donations to serve people in need in our 22 counties year-round. During emergencies, monetary donations are vital. The COVID-19 outbreak could potentially change how we operate and how people are able to receive food from our partner organizations. As a result, unrestricted donations that help us purchase food from retail and farm partners, store food, and ship it are vital. If you would like to make a donation to the Food Bank, you can contribute online.
Our community rooms frequently host large community events. We recommend that any group using our community rooms follow the state of Michigan’s guidelines when it comes to deciding whether or not to hold their event.
- General Information: Call our main line, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at (810) 239-4441.
- Volunteer Information: Keri Brack, (810) 396-0210 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Agencies and Outreach: Terry Nix, (810) 396-0225 or email@example.com
- Schools and Programs: William Farkas, (810) 396-0220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donations: Crystal Travis, (810) 396-0236 or email@example.com
- Media Inquiries: Kelly Belcher, (810) 396-0223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
News Reports and Press Releases
- Food Bank CEO says they’re working to meet unforeseen need spurred by coronavirus | ABC 12
- Local food banks prepare to help during coronavirucs outbreak | WNEM
- Food Bank of Eastern Michigan working to make sure students don’t go hungry | NBC 25
- Volunteering at the Food Bank during the COVID-19 outbreak | Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
- Food Bank delivering boxed youth meals at Genesee County sites | WNEM
- Food Bank distributing food boxes at early childhood sites March 19-20 | Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
- St. Clair County food pantries respond to coronavirus | Port Huron Times Herald
- Meet a high school freshman who created her own Food Bank fundraiser | Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
- Gaylord community rallies to help those in need during COVID-19 outbreak | Gaylord Herald Times
- Free meals for Genesee County kids through March 20 | NBC 25
- Laker to host pop-up food pantry this weekend | Huron Daily Tribune
- Food Bank offering new food distributions in North, Central, and Thumb regions | Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
- Interview with Food Bank of Eastern Michigan CEO Kara Ross | WPHM (Port Huron)
- Upcoming mobile pantries | WGRT (Port Huron)
- Michigan food banks facing rising demand during COVID-19 outbreak | Michigan Radio
- Michigan National Guard staffs four food banks | Michigan National Guard
- Food Bank multiplies services as unemployment rises | MLive
- Local DJ uses talent to give back in unique way | WNEM
- Residents get 9,000 pounds of food during Saginaw giveaway | MLive
- Students continue to give back to Food Bank in time of need | ABC 12
- National Guard helping sustain workload at Food Bank | Flint Beat
- National Guard helps prepare emergency boxes in Flint | MLive
- Area schools managing operations, food distributions | Ogemaw Herald
- Weekly food distributions held at Christ the King | Gladwin County Record
- Food Bank of Eastern Michigan expands local services | Lapeer County Press
- School Spirit continues as the Food Bank needs your help now more than ever | ABC 12
- Couple helps maintain Vanderbilt food pantry | Gaylord Herald Times
- Food program continues at Physicians Park | Grand Blanc View