Michigan 2-1-1 can help you and your family access food through food pantries, vouchers, food stamps, community meals, emergency food programs, and more. You can dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to get fast, free, confidential help.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides emergency food assistance at no cost to qualified households, including seniors and people with disabilities.
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) provides food to people, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations.
Women, Infants, and Children serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five. Use WIC food benefits at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies for specific foods that are part of a food package. If you participate in another assistance program you may be automatically income-eligible for WIC. You can now apply for WIC through a mobile application, Michigan WIC Connect, free in the App StoreTM and Google PlayTM.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides healthy meals and snacks to children who are enrolled at participating child care centers or day care homes. This program also provides meals and snacks to children who participate in afterschool care programs or live in emergency shelters. Check with your child care centers or day care home to see if they participate in CACFP.
School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to children each school day. There are a variety of ways your child can meet program eligibility, including household income levels, or if anyone in the household participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). You can apply through the school district; contact your local school or check the school website for an application.
The Afterschool Snack Program provides a nutritious, low cost or free snack afterschool to children. Check with your child’s school to see if they participate in this program. If your child is eligible for the free or reduced school meal program, they are also eligible for the afterschool snack program. If your child’s school does not participate, you may still qualify for snack reimbursement and can call the statewide program director at the Michigan Department of Education, 517-241-5373.
The Backpack Program helps families and children get nutritious and easy-to-prepare food on the weekends when they do not have access to school nutrition programs. Local food banks assemble bags of food that are sent home from school at the end of the week. To learn more, contact your child’s local school or school district.
This program provides commodity food packages to seniors age 60 and older. These packages primarily include non-perishable foods. Contact your local agency to find out more and how to sign up. You can use an interactive map here to search for locations in your community or see the list of organizations by county below.
Congregate Meal Program provides healthy lunches at community sites for seniors age 60 and older. Seniors are encouraged to make a voluntary donation towards the cost of the meal (typically around $3) but can have lunch without making a donation. To learn more, contact your local Area Agency on Aging or the Michigan Department of Senior Services Aging & Adult Services Agency office at (517) 373-8230.
This program provides healthy meals delivered to seniors who are unable to leave their home. This includes, at a minimum, one midday meal a day, Monday through Friday. Contributions towards the cost of the meals are encouraged, but not required. To learn more, contact your local Area Agency on Aging or the Michigan Department of Senior Services Aging & Adult Services Agency office at (517) 373-8230.