MDHHS continues Flint mobile food pantries during August

Department and Food Bank to take extra precautions due to COVID-19

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will continue to provide nutritious food by the truckload to Flint residents throughout August.

MDHHS has provided the Flint mobile food pantries since February 2016 in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint.

Since the outbreak of COVID- 19 in Michigan, food pantry distributors are taking extra precautions to keep customers and volunteers protected. Each site is requiring volunteers to wear gloves and masks, clean their hands with hand sanitizer often, and take steps to sanitize distribution buildings throughout the day. Customers do not have to step out of their vehicle to receive food – volunteers are asking the customer to simply open their trunk and they will load up the vehicle with food to reduce contact.

This month’s mobile food pantry distribution will have plenty of delicious, vitamin-rich produce and proteins, including yellow squash, watermelon, sweet corn, and bell peppers, cheese, ground beef and ground turkey. August dates for distributions are:

Bethel United Methodist
Church, 1309 Ballenger Hwy.
Aug. 17, at 10 a.m.
Aug. 24, at 10 a.m.

Asbury United Methodist
Church, 1653 Davison Road.
Aug. 18, at 10 a.m.
Aug. 25, at 10 a.m.

Prince of Peace Missionary
Baptist Church, 1417 N.
Stephenson St.
Aug. 19, at 11 a.m.
Aug. 26, at 11 a.m.

Greater Holy
Temple, 6702 N. Dort
Hwy.
Aug. 13, at 10 a.m.
Aug. 20, at 10 a.m.
Aug. 27, at 10 a.m.

Luke’s NEW
Life Center, 3115
Lawndale Ave.
Aug. 14, at 10 a.m.
Aug. 21, at 10 a.m.
Aug. 28, at 10 a.m.

Bethel United

Methodist Church,
1309 N. Ballenger
Hwy.

Aug. 31, at 10 a.m.

Flint residents can also pick up free nutritional food at the three Flint Help Center locations:

Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Highway, open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road, open Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Greater Holy Temple, 6702 N. Dort Highway, open Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Information about additional food distributions will be announced as they are scheduled. To check food distribution schedules, visit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan website at FBEM.org and find the updated schedule on the Mobile Pantry Distribution page, or call 810-239-4441. — G.G.