Until we can get back into our school gardens, Big Green is working hard to provide food access and gardening information through other avenues. Thus, for the time being, we will be using our blog space to feature local resources that support or complement our mission. In this post, we have highlighted currently available resources related to food access in Metro Detroit during the COVID-19 pandemic. In future posts, we plan to share information on local gardening programs, garden centers, farms, farmers markets, food banks, and more. If you know of any resources that should be included in this or future lists, please let us know!
Resources for Metro Detroit
- The City of Detroit COVID-19 resource page provides information on where families can find free food for their children and themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also lists contact information for turning on water services, instructions on how to obtain transportation to COVID-19 testing sites, an expanded list of homeless shelters in the city, and other pandemic-specific services the city is currently providing.
- The School of Social Work at Wayne State University has put together extensive resource lists for those seeking out food, health, financial, water, electrical, mental health, and other resources. Here are the pages specific to food access for each Metro Detroit county:
- Local WIC programs provide supplemental nutrition to women, infants, and children:
Resources for the State of Michigan
- The Michigan Department of Education has a list of resources for families seeking meals throughout the state, including a map of different meal provider locations.
- Through the new Pandemic EBT Program, Michigan is providing temporary funding to families with children who receive free or reduced-cost lunches at school.
- Visit the MI 2-1-1 food website, or call 2-1-1 to learn more about food programs in Michigan.