The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is working with its network of partners in the North, Central, and Thumb regions to provide expanded services for people in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves 22 counties in Michigan. The North Region includes Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Roscommon counties. The Central Region includes Arenac, Bay, Gladwin, Midland, and Saginaw counties. The Thumb Region includes Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, St. Clair, and Tuscola counties.
The Food Bank and local partners in each region have scheduled mobile food pantries in each county and will continue to add to this schedule as resources become available. A calendar is also available on our website. Below is the breakdown in each area.
- Otsego County Food Pantry, Multiple sites and times in Gaylord Community Schools, call (989) 705-3040 for details, Gaylord – March 23
- Oscoda Assembly of God, 3550 E. River Road, Oscoda – March 24, 11 a.m.
- Roscommon Area Christian Ministries, 301 W. Sunset Drive, Roscommon – March 26, 11 a.m.
- Alcona Commission on Aging at Alcona Community Schools, 51 N. Barlow Road, Lincoln – March 26, 4 p.m.
- West Branch Little League, 2490 W. State Street, West Branch – March 27, 11 a.m.
- Salvation Army/Feed the Need at East Campus, 801 W. Miller Street, Alpena – March 27, 3 p.m.
- God Loves You Food Pantry at Posen Consolidated Schools, 10575 Michigan Ave (M65), Pose – March 26, 12:30 p.m.
- Salvation Army Bay City, 401 10th Street, Bay City 48706 – March 25, 10 a.m.
- West Midland Family Center, 4011 W. Isabella Road, Shepard – March 26, 9:30 a.m.
- Christ the King Gladwin, 600 S. M-18, Gladwin – March 28, 10 a.m.
- United Way Saginaw Food distribution in coordination with UAW Local 699, 1911 Bagley Street, Saginaw – March 27, 10 a.m.
- Resurrection of the Lord, 423 W. Cedar Street, Standish – April 1, 10 a.m.
- Laker Elementary School, 6436 Pigeon Road, Pigeon – March 21, 10 a.m.
- Gateway Assembly, 2796 S Van Dyke Road, Imlay City – March 21, 11a.m.
- Anchor Cove Church, 201 E. Sanilac Road, Caro – March 21, 10 a.m.
- Revive Ministries, 6400 Main Street, Cass City – March 24, 1 p.m.
- Crossroads Community Church, 3631 King Road, East China, March 25, 11 a.m.
- Kohler Propane, 8744 Burnside Road, Brown City – March 26, 3:30 p.m.
- Croswell Wesleyan Church, 5242 N. Black River Road, Croswell – March 26, 2:30 p.m.
- Tuscola County ISD, 1385 Cleaver Road, Caro – March 28, 11 a.m.
- VFW Hall, 2942 Main Street, Marlette – March 28, 9:30 a.m.
- Gateway Assembly, 2796 S Van Dyke Road, Imlay City – March 28, 11 a.m.
- Marlette High School, 3051 Moore Street, Marlette – March 31, 11 a.m.
- Father Dunn Hall, 310 North Main Street, Yale – April 4, 10 a.m.
“Our distributions give community members the opportunity to pick up produce, protein, and shelf-stable items,” said Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “We know that the COVID-19 outbreak will continue to cause disruptions in the lives of families in our service area, and we are committed to working with partners in all 22 of our counties to provide additional resources to alleviate burdens on our neighbors. We are grateful for our network of partners in all regions who allow us to quickly mobilize and distribute food.”
The Food Bank’s mobile distributions have been refocused as a drive-through style. The Food Bank and partner organizations are providing bags and briefing agencies and volunteers prior to distributions to ensure compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing.
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan relies on and appreciates the donated food it receives from approximately 70 retail grocery partners. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has increased overall demand for food nationally from retailers and manufacturers, so donations to food banks have declined as people purchase and stock up on food. Due to the decline in donated items, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has to purchase significantly more food now to distribute into the communities it serves, which has made monetary donations vital. Contributions can be made online at www.FBEM.org.
The Food Bank’s North Region Outreach Coordinator Melissa Burns is available to assist organizations interested in partnering with the Food Bank, individuals in need of assistance, and answer questions about the Food Bank. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (810) 922-1187.
The Food Bank’s Central Region Outreach Coordinator Trenton Gonyaw is available to assist organizations interested in partnering with the Food Bank, individuals in need of assistance, and answer questions about the Food Bank. He can be reached at email@example.com or (810) 922-1174.
The Food Bank’s Thumb Region Outreach Coordinator Heather Bearden is available to assist organizations interested in partnering with the Food Bank, individuals in need of assistance, and answer questions about the Food Bank. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (810) 922-0849.