During the holidays, especially amidst a pandemic, many people are finding themselves in need. The Bay County Food Connection committee, a collaboration of local organizations committed to ensuring food access in Bay County, wants residents to know where to turn and that help is available.
“During a year this tough, we want to make sure that anyone struggling is aware of the amazing support our community has to offer,” Nicole Luczak, associate director of the United Way of Bay County and Chair of the Bay County Food Connection Committee stated. “Especially for many families who rely on school meals for children that may not be available during the two week holiday break.”
2-1-1 is a resource available 24/7 to connect people to organizations and programs providing food, rent/mortgage and utility assistance as well as any other need they might have. In addition, a list of food distributions, meals and pantries is provided:
Emergency food boxes by pickup or delivery for adults or families in need:
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Mobile Food Distributions:
Thanks to support from the United Way of Bay County, 2-1-1 is available to assist people who are in need with local, state and national resources that may be available.“We, at 2-1-1, are here for our community no matter the day or time; always here to help those who just need one place to go to look for assistance or to even offer themselves as a volunteer” said 211 Northeast Michigan Director, Sarah Kile. “Our services never close and are free to the public by simply dialing 2-1-1” Kile reassured.
The Dow Bay Area Family YMCA has been a key player in addressing any gaps in the food system. With their emergency food box program, delivery service and meals for children 0-18 years old available daily they have stepped up to make sure no one goes hungry in Bay County. “As a pillar of our community for over 135 years, we strive to fill its needs rather than our own,” said Dow Bay Area Family YMCA CEO, Jim Vietti. “That’s why we are so grateful to be working with organizations like United Way, 2-1-1, and others with missions that align with ours, so that we can continue finding more ways to positively impact our community especially during these challenging days.”
For more information or referrals to local resources, Bay County residents are asked dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to TXT211 (898211), or use the 10 digit number (888)636-4211 to contact 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan with all their human care needs inquires, to be effectively directed to the best resources available.