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Food Assistance

Department of Human Services – Emergency Food Assistance

Contact: 1-855-275-6424

235 S. Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 30037
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Temporary food assistance for eligible low-income families and individuals is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Focus: Hope Westside Food Distribution Center


Westside Food Center
Main Campus
1300 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48238

Distributes supplemental foods including infant formula, cereal, milk, meat, vegetables, fruit, fruit juices, and other products at four self-service distribution centers on a monthly basis.  Support services include occasional on-site food preparation demonstrations and recipes.   Eligibility: Low-income pregnant women, mothers (up to 13 months post partum), infants, and children under age 6 who live in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, or Wayne counties.

Women Infant & Children (WIC)

Contact: 313-876-4555

Provides Food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services are provided to low-income women, infants, and children under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC.


WIC Clinics in Detroit:

  • Detroit Community Health Connection – Dr. Feleta Wilson Health Center
    Contact: 313.897.7700
    6550 West Warren (48210)
    Monday: 9:30am to 6:00pm
    Tuesday – Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Fax: (313) 898-5635
  • Dr. Sophie Womack Health Center (formerly Eastside Health Center)
    7900 Kercheval (48214)
    Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Wednesday: 9:30am to 6:00pm
    Fax: (313) 579-0716
  • Gratiot/7-Mile (in the Department of Human Services building)
    14061 Lappin (48205)
    Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Wednesday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
    Fax: (313) 527-1965
  • Harper/Gratiot Health Center (in the Neighborhood Service Organization building)
    9641 Harper (48213)
    Monday: 9:30am to 6:00pm
    Tuesday – Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Fax: (313) 870-0045

 ACCESS Community – Dearborn

Contact: 313.842.7010

2651 Saulino Ct.
Dearborn Michigan 48120

Provides emergency food vouchers, legal services, rent & mortgage assistance and community health services.


Catholic Social Services

Serves thousands of individuals and families of all faiths and all walks of life, CSSW offers more than two dozen programs reflecting the diversity of our community: adoption and pregnancy counseling, food assistance, homelessness prevention, domestic and child abuse intervention and prevention, family therapy, and services designed to assist older adults, individuals with developmental disabilities, and at-risk families with young children.

Catholic Social Services Includes:

Emergency Food Program

Oakland County: Pontiac, 248.333.3700

Macomb County: Mt. Clemens, 586. 416.2300

Washtenaw County: Ann Arbor, 734.971.9781

Wayne County: Detroit, 313.883.2100


Fish of Greater Pontiac

1362 W Huron St Ste D Waterford MI 48328

 (248) 334-5555

Provides food and clothes closets.


Food Pantries

A non-profit, charitable organization that distributes mostly donated food to a wide variety of agencies and individuals.


Local Food Pantries include:

Community Lutheran Church: Contact Judith Watkins 734. 782.0563; 23984 Gibraltar, Flat Rock; Food Pantry is open Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., call first.

Focus Hope: 313.494.4600 – Detroit

Gabriel Richard Center: .313.271.6000; for students of UM-D & HFCC, call first.

Macomb Food Program: .586.469.6004

New Life Food Pantry: .586.771.0308;

16975 Twelve Mile Road Roseville.

Open Door: 248-360-2930; Specific areas at White Lake, call first.

Warren Community Food Pantry: 586.755.6767; 8150 Chapp, Warren


Gleaners/United Way

United Way:

300 660 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Contact: 313.226.9200

Engages people, communities, and organizations focused on meeting the needs of children and their families and creating the conditions necessary for success.



2131 Beaufait St

Detroit, MI 48207

Contact: 313.923.3535 for emergency food distribution system.

Also connected to Neighborhood Service Organization 24-Hour Emergency Help Line (313) 224-7000.

Gleaners Community Food Bank, with broad community support, fights hunger in southeastern Michigan. They provide millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need. In so doing, Gleaners is committed to distributing high quality food.


International Institute of Metro Detroit, Inc.

111 East Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 871-8600

Provides social work services: request for furniture and other household items, adult and children’s clothing, infant formula and diapers, transportation services, and for handicap medical equipment.


Soup Kitchens

A place where free food is served to those who are homeless or destitute.

Local food Kitchens include:

Capuchin Soup Kitchen: 313.579.2100

Fort Street Presbyterian Church: 313.961.4533; Hot meal Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.

St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen:  313.897.6565

Baldwin Center: 248.332.6101;  Soup Kitchen open M, W, F, Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Sun: 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.


Southfield Human Services Department;

26000 Evergreen Road

Southfield, MI 48076

Contact: 248.796.4540

Resources for Southfield residents: assistance with food, shelter, utilities, medications, and clothing.


Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Food Assistance, Contact Shirley Moore

(313) 843-2550, Ecorse.

Outreach Worker, Contact Lavita Curry

(313) 843-2550

Empowers low-income people and strengthen communities through diverse services, leadership and collaboration.


St. Vincent de Paul Society
3000 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI
Contact: 313.393.2930 or 877.788.4623

At main center (3000 Gratiot, Detroit, MI) the following services are available: non-acute health and dental care centers, thrift store, emergency food depot, and legal assistance.


The Matchan Nutrition Center in Pontiac serves meals twice weekly at noon.


Yad Ezra

Oak Park , MI

Contact: 248.548.3663

Provides groceries. To obtain this service, the person needs an I.D. for the head of the household and the social security numbers and date of births for everyone in the house.


Salvation Army

Shelter, Soup kitchen, Substance abuse, transitional housing: 313.964.5401


Shelter, Soup kitchen, Substance abuse: 313.964.0577


In addition to food assistance, Salvation Army provides the following services:

Church: 248.334.2407


Children’s & Maternity Services: 313.537.2130


Down River: 734.282.0930


Harbor Light: 800.274.3583


Thrift Shop: 248.338.9601


Wayne/Westland: 734.722.3660


Information & Referral Center


Links people to resources: Food, shelter, emergency assistance.


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