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Monroe County Commission on Aging
Serving Monroe County Seniors since 1973

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Meals & Nutrition

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 ~

Need Food Now???

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

God Works Soup Kitchen
Everyone who comes to the meals is served without charge and there are no strings attached. God Works is a non-denominational organization that serves each of our meals in a different church. Many churches that are not one of our host churches also visit a host church and serve a meal.

We are proud of how the area churches and the community as a whole have rallied to help us to alleviate hunger in Monroe County. If you feel that your church area is in need of a meal and your church is open to hosting it, for more information please contact Jeff Weaver at (419) 279-8000.

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

Monroe County Opportunity Program Offers:

Community-Wide Food Bank (closets) Sites in Monroe County

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.

Community Dinners All Community Dinners are free and served at 6:00 P.M.

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 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.

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 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. 

The vision of The Lord’s Harvest Pantry is for all residents of Monroe County to have an adequate supply of food to meet basic nutritional and dietary needs in their household. With dozens of local churches, non-profits, and businesses working together to create, operate, and support a community-wide client choice pantry. Residents will be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect. For more information contact the MCOP at 734-241-2775

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.

Congregate Meal Sites in Monroe County (Multi-Purpose Senior Centers)

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

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living Meals on Wheels offers up to 1 hot meal and 1 cold meal five days a week as well as the option of frozen meals for the weekends and shelf-stable meals for emergency usage. To receive meals, you must be 60 years old or better and homebound, which means you are unable to leave your home under normal circumstances.  If you or your loved one fits this description, you are encouraged to register for the program by calling MSHL at 734-508-6229 or complete the website form.

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.

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. 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...

Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” Gleaners distribute millions of pounds of emergency food to soup kitchens, shelters, and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Monroe counties. 
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!!!

You can 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. 

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.

***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.

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