2300 Lapeer Road, Flint MI 48503
(810) 239-4441

About Us


The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves as a common solicitor, storehouse and distributor of food to member non-profit and charitable organizations in 22 counties.

Once food arrives at the Food Bank, it is sorted, inspected and made available to partner agencies such as churches, soup kitchens, and food pantries to distribute to those in need.  All Food Bank partner agencies are required to distribute food, without charges or fees, to needy clients.


The Food Bank procures food from surpluses in the grocery industry. For example, if Kellogg’s produces more Rice Krispies than it sells, then somewhere there is a warehouse full of cereal with a date stamped on each box. When that date passes…the food is still good to eat, but can not be sold.

Many donations come to the Food Bank because of shifts in market forces. Misprints, damaged freight, over production, food drives, and other efforts cause food to be donated to the Food Bank.


1024px-Feeding_America_logo.svgThe Food Bank of Eastern Michigan began in 1981 as a small, grassroots community organization serving agencies in Genesee County. Due to the ever increasing need for our services, the Food Bank has grown to serve more than 700 hunger relief partners throughout 22 eastern Michigan counties.

food_bank_council_of_michiganThe Food Bank one of seven food banks in the state that make up the Food Bank Council of Michigan and a member of Feeding America.


Established 1981

Since 1981, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has vigorously pursued the mission to eradicate hunger within the community.


Starting with a staff of three, working in a small, rented portion of a warehouse, the organization soon grew to a five person staff operating out of a 90’ x 100’ donated warehouse.  In 1990, the Food Bank moved to its current location on Lapeer Road.  Three more expansions, including the addition of the Hunger Solution Center in a semi-adjacent facility and the Food Bank now has over 110,000 square feet of warehouse space and offices.

The Food Bank became an affiliated member of the United Way in 1985 and joined Feeding America in 1987.  These organizations further enabled the Food Bank to expand its service area and distribute food to those in need throughout 22 counties.  In 2002, Feeding America recognized the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan as the number one food bank in the nation with the Excellence in Food Banking Award.

The Food Bank has also been honored with six Model Program Awards from Feeding America for innovative programs in technology, distribution, fundraising, public relations and programs.

The excellent relationships established within the Food Bank’s 22-county service area and throughout the state has allowed for numerous programs and initiatives to help fight hunger.  Through the Store Pick-Up Program the Food Bank partners with ALDI, Costco, Kroger, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart to bring in over 5 million pounds of food including frozen meats, fresh produce and bakery items.  In response to the Flint Water Crisis, the Food Bank distributed well over 25 million bottles of water and more than 1.5 million pounds of lead-mitigating foods within the City of Flint while maintaining food distribution quantities within the service area.

With the addition of the Hunger Solution Center in 2015, the Food Bank tripled the amount of volunteer space available for sorting and boxing food products.  A state-of-the-art production kitchen with the capacity to prepare more than 3,000 meals per day provides meals for HeadStart and other school feeding programs.  In the summer of 2017, the kitchen produced more than 75,000 meals for summer feeding programs in Genesee and Saginaw counties.

Today, the Food Bank provides over 51 million pounds of food, including over 17 million pounds of fresh produce each year to those in need.  Working with more than 700 hunger relief partners consisting of local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries, the Food Bank network serves over 331,000 people in eastern Michigan who would otherwise go hungry


Generous support from the community has allowed the Food Bank to grow and respond to the increasing need for accessible food in many areas.  Each year thousands of volunteers give generously of their time to sort and package food for distribution to those in need.


 In 2020, food insecurity rose drastically due to Covid-19.  In response, the Food Bank increased distributions and provided over 51 million pounds of food to those struggling with hunger throughout eastern Michigan.  More than half of the foods distributed were fresh produce, dairy and proteins.


The Food Bank’s network of more than 700 hunger relief partners, such as churches, pantries, schools, shelters and soup kitchens serves more than 331,000 people each year, including over 70,000 children and more than 40,000 senior citizens, throughout a 22-county service area.


Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.
− Andrew Carnegie


Julianne Princinsky

Retired, President, Baker College of Flint

Alex Murray

Retired, NALC, AFL-CIO

Peggy Haw Jury

CFO, Michigan Association of CPAs

Greg Viener

Regional President for Mid-Michigan, Huntington Bank

Antoine Burks

Director, Blue Hawk

Claude High

Founder, Action Management Company

Board Members

Dr. Nasir Ali

Founder & President, Advanced Urgent Care

Hon. F. Kay Behm

Probate Judge, Genesee County Probate Court

Steve Dawes

Director, UAW Region 1-D

Gary Drago

Owner, Drago’s Corvette

Melany Gavulic

CEO, Hurley Medical Center

Elizabeth Latchana, Esq.

Attorney, Fraser Trebilcock

Leanne Panduren

President & CEO, Rowe Professional Services Company

Dr. Rajagopal Shantaram

Retired, Math Instructor, Mott Community College

Dick Skaff

President & Owner, Skaff Furniture Carpet One

Emilee Thornton

Corporate Reporting, The Dow Chemical Company

Jane Worthing

President & CEO, Genesee Packaging, Inc.

Board Emeritus

Edward A. Mitchell

Retired, The Flint Journal


When you donate to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, you are providing nutrition for those who would otherwise go hungry.  In fact, 98% of your contribution goes directly to food and feeding programs!   Partnerships with grocers, food manufacturers, and distributors help leverage every dollar into six meals for those in need.