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Need Food Now???
Call 211 for emergency food assistance or 
call the statewide toll-free number 1-844-875-9211 

We cannot eliminate hunger, but we can feed each other. 
We cannot eliminate loneliness, but we can hold each other. 
We cannot eliminate pain, but we can live a life of compassion. 
~ Mark Nepo ~

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God Works 
Family Soup Kitchen is a coalition of people with a common goal of serving food to the homeless and working poor in the Monroe area. God Works is non-denominational and currently includes representatives from dozens of churches and secular groups and continues to welcome new members. Everyone in the God Works group believes that hungry people deserve to eat.

Community Dinner Sites in Monroe County
All Community Dinners are free and served at 6:00 P.M. 

Community-Wide Food Bank Sites
The Community-Wide Food Bank Program coordinates a network of 13 food pantry locations throughout Monroe County that aims to improve access to nutrition in rural areas.  Each household in Monroe County that is in need picks the location closest to them and goes for food.  If going to a food bank please make sure you have proof of household income, proof of residency, and proof of the number of household members with you. For more information contact MCOP at 734-241-2775. 

***Please be sure you have the following information with you: 
  • Proof of household income - pay stub, food benefits card, SS, SSI, etc.
  • Proof of residency - utility bill, rent receipt, property tax bill, etc.
  • Proof of number of people in the family - Medicaid card, Social Security numbers, 
  • income tax returns, etc.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program offers food to low-income families with children up to the age of six and seniors over sixty years of age. For more information contact MCOP at 734-241-2775

Emergency Food Box 
The Emergency Food Box is a one-time emergency offering for low-income residents in need. It is given one time every six months. For more information contact MCOP at 734-241-2775.

Home Delivered Meals
Living Independence for Everyone provides congregate and home-delivered meals to residents who are 60 years of age or older, and to their spouses who are homebound to help them live as independently as possible. Liquid meals are provided for persons who cannot swallow solid food. Every six months a note from your doctor is required. For more information, please call 734-242-6800.
Bedford Senior Community Center Home Delivered Meal Program provides home-delivered meals to Homebound Seniors. The center serves the Southern area of Monroe County. For more information, please call us at 734-856-3330.
Dundee Area Senior Citizen Center Home Delivered Meal Program provides home-delivered meals to homebound seniors in Dundee, Ida, Maybee, and Petersburg. For more information, please call us at 734-529-2401.
Mobile Food Pantry provides food in Monroe County throughout the year. The location changes every month. Please contact MCOP at 734-241-2775 for monthly locations.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) supplies food to low-income people on a quarterly basis at six locations throughout Monroe County. For more information contact the MCOP at 734-241-2775

The Lord's Harvest Pantry
1140 S. Telegraph Road
Monroe, MI 48161

"Feeding Monroe County with dignity"

The Lord's Harvest Pantry is a collaborative effort between dozens of churches and organizations working together to feed hungry people while allowing them to maintain their dignity. Clients can browse through the aisles of groceries and select the food they would like.

They distribute 500,000 pounds of food to the hungry in Monroe County each year for less than 20 cents per pound. The pantry is operated by volunteers from our coalition and is open mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends by appointment only. To schedule your appointment call 734-224-TLHP (734-224-8547).

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Food Assistance Program is temporary food assistance for eligible low-income families and individuals available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For questions about the Food Assistance Program, call 1-855-275-6424

United States Department of Agriculture Programs

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.

The Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP) is a nutrition program for the elderly administered by the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. Women, infants, and children who were certified and receiving CSFP benefits as of February 6, 2014, can continue to receive assistance until they are no longer eligible under the program rules that went to effect on February 6, 2014. Through CSFP, USDA distributes both food and administrative funds to participating States and Indian Tribal Organizations.

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities and is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.

Who is eligible for the SFMNP?
Low-income seniors generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines (published each year by the Department of Health and Human Services), are the targeted recipients of SFMNP benefits.  Some State agencies accept proof of participation or enrollment in another means-tested program, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for SFMNP eligibility.

When are the SFMNP benefits available?
SFMNP benefits are provided to eligible recipients for use during the harvest season, which is generally May through October. See How to Get Food Help brochure, to learn how to get assistance from one of these programs.  

We can end hunger in our time. 
Everyone, including our government, must do their part. 
Together, we can build the political commitment needed to overcome hunger and poverty.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities where we live. Bread for the World is a 501(c) 4 organization.

Visit Bread for the World for more information about hunger, what they do, how you can help, and much more...

Food Banks Council of Michigan (FBCM) is a statewide organization that is committed to the alleviation of hunger in our state and in our nation. The FBCM gathers food and funds to help stock Michigan's food banks, which is then distributed throughout the statewide food bank network. In addition to assisting with the distribution of shelf stable items, the FBCM also coordinates multiple agricultural programs, which support   Michigan farmers, as well as bring nutritious, healthy produce into the emergency food system.

Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” For more than 38 years. Last year, Gleaners distributed 34 million pounds of emergency food to more than 510 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. 

Health Finder.gov is a government website sponsored by the National Health Information Center where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRC) centers provide information primarily geared toward professionals and when possible for consumers as well. The NRC supports the aging services network’s nutrition programs. The NRC’s mission is to disseminate information on how to build the capacity of the aging nutrition services network and increase the network’s integration into a home- and community-based service system.

Feeding America mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes more than 3 billion meals each year to communities throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.

Additional Information and Resources!!!

Healthy Eating and Exercise
Consumer Corner!  Consumer Corner is for the public and educators who work with them and is a sub-site of the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC). Our goal is to help you find information on food and nutrition topics consumers most frequently ask about and link you to the most trustworthy and up-to-date information from both government and non-government sources. 
All About Food ~ Get resources on cooking, recipes, and food storage. Find food facts and history, including definitions of food and cooking terms. Want to learn the carbohydrate, fat, vitamin, mineral or calorie content of food? Check out our section on nutrition composition. 
Eating for Health ~ Get smart about balanced eating. Find nutrition resources on medical and health conditions like food allergies, diabetes, and heart disease. Learn about weight control. Explore information on fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. In addition, learn how to evaluate the health information you find online.  
Ages & Stages ~ Information geared to different age groups, infants to seniors. It also has a section for families that want to eat smart and be active. The Special Needs Kids section covers common nutrition challenges faced by children with special needs and their caregivers.
DIY - Do It Yourself ~ Interactive tools to help you check and plan your diet. Also, test your knowledge of food safety and nutrition.
What’s On Your Plate? ~ Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging  
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image – a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. 
Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults ~ The National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases offer tips to those 65 years old and over for eating to ward off disease and increasing overall well-being.

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging ~ A guide for older adults on how to incorporate physical activity into everyday life. Includes sample exercises, progress tracking tips, and information on healthy eating. 
Eating Well as You Get Older ~ Older adults can learn how to make wise food choices and can find information about food labels, food safety, meal planning, food shopping, and ways to enhance the enjoyment of eating.   
Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults ~ Interactive web site on exercise for older adults. Features video clips, quizzes, and more.  
To Your Health! Food Safety for Seniors ~ DHHSFDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.  
Diabetes and Aging ~ National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Discusses factors that can affect the management of type 2 diabetes in older people. Links to other resources.  
The Dietary Guidelines ~ for Americans represent the best in science-based advice to promote health and reduce the risk of disease through healthy eating and physical activity. Find great info and practical tips. 
Dietary Supplement Information ~ Learn about dietary supplements and how to evaluate health claims. Read about government regulation of supplements and what this means for the consumer.  
Eating Smart ~ Learn the basics of a healthy, balanced diet and apply these concepts to your next family meal or other eating occasions.

You can also plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity using the USDA SuperTracker.  The resources provide practical, useful information for healthy living as well as motivational messages to inspire positive health changes. 

Fiber ~ Why is fiber important? Learn about the role of fiber in your body, its disease-preventing properties, and the major sources in your diet. You can also read about its nutrition recommendations here.  
Food Allergies and Sensitivities ~ Learn about various types of food allergies and hidden sources of allergens. Also, find information on the difference between food allergy and food intolerance. 
Fruits & Vegetables ~ Are you eating 5 to 9 each day. Find out how you can increase your intake of fruits and vegetables each day. You can also find information on the nutrients in fruits and vegetables as well as fun facts and games.  
Healthy Restaurant Eating ~ You can eat healthfully when eating out. Find suggestions for making healthy choices at restaurants and tips for keeping your portion sizes under control.  
Heart Nutrition and Recipes ~ Heart-healthy eating can reduce your chances of developing heart disease, America's biggest killer. Find ways to make healthy and tasty food choices, and learn how to control blood pressure and blood cholesterol. 
Major Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats ~ Learn about these major nutrients in your diet: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Find resources on the role of each in your diet as well as the amount you should eat each day as part of a healthy diet.  
Osteoporosis and Bone Health ~ Want to find information on keeping bones healthy. Click here to learn about dietary and lifestyle changes that you can make to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. You can also find information on food and supplement sources of calcium. 
Vitamins and Minerals ~ Learn about the role of vitamins and minerals in your body, where you get them and how much is required.  
Water and Fluid Need Water and Fluid Needs ~ Are you getting enough to drink. Learn about your fluid needs, proper hydration, and the importance of sodium and potassium in your diet. 
Weight Management ~ Find information on assessing your weight for disease risk, changing your behavior to eat healthfully and lose weight, and maintaining your weight for the long term. Information here can help you develop skills for safe, healthy weight control and avoid fad diets.
USA.gov ~ Staying Healthy as a Senior ~ Your mental and physical health is important in this stage of life. Staying healthy means eating nutritious foods, exercising, and getting regular medical check-ups. Prevention and early detection are the best defense against illness and disease. Click on a link below for more information.

ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image – a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.

GERDHelp.com created a Senior Nutrition Guide which includes Healthy Diet Foods for Older Adults to provide communities with access to important information that is all in one place. This nutrition guide aims to provide older generations with a dietary reference to help lead a more balanced, healthy life, particularly when dealing with common conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, GERD, and arthritis.               

***Please Note***  
These links and listings are meant to be a resource guide for those looking for resources in our community.
This list is not all-inclusive of those resources available in our community.

The Monroe County Commission on Aging makes no specific endorsement of these listings, links or services. 
Please feel free to contact our office with any changes or corrections.

 Thank you for visiting the Monroe County Commission on Aging website.