United Way, Hunger Council release food program updates

The Livingston County United Way and the Livingston County Hunger Council held an emergency planning meeting on March 13, 2020, to discuss a collaborative plan to serve the county. Protecting the health of all and ensuring food security for youth, families and seniors is their primary focus.

• Gleaners (517-548-3710) canceled all large group volunteer efforts. The Shared Harvest Pantry is still open by appointment. The pantry will be a drive up service with a box of food; and may include meat, fresh produce, toilet paper and laundry soap (as supplies are available).

• Meals on Wheels (810-632-2155) continue their services while limiting contact with seniors to protect all involved. There is currently no waitlist for this service. Seniors over 60 may sign up for free. There is a charge for those under 60 years of age.

• The Salvation Army (517- 546-4750) will continue to serve clients through their pantry. There will be prepacked food boxes available on a drive through basis. ID is required. The Salvation Army is working on a plan to serve lunches starting Monday and a rotating plan for their Mobile Canteen. The Salvation Army is looking for bulk food donations to help meet these needs.

• Fish and Loaves Hot Meals istes will leave the decision up to the sites as to continuing to offer meals on their designated days. Please contact the churches directly to ensure the building is still open. Magdalen’s Kitchen at St. Mary Magdalen Church plans to be open on Monday as usual.

Livingston County is known for collaborative efforts. Any threat to our community does not change the desire to ensure all are safe and no one goes hungry. The Hunger Council is committed to its mission together we nourish our community by championing food access and education. For this purpose, we are working hard today and every day.

Due to the rapidly changing situation, these plans are subject to change and evolve. Please consider calling 211 for the most up-to-date information. For more information on the Livingston County Hunger Council, click here.

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