Coronavirus

COVID-19

We are dedicated to supporting our community throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteer Policy

We are committed to keeping our volunteers safe as we work together to continue feeding our communities and taking steps to protect our volunteers, clients, and staff against COVID-19:

  • If you or your family members are having flu, cold, or virus symptoms, we ask that you help us protect our community and stay home.
  • As volunteers arrive, a brief screening will be conducted
  • Volunteers wash hands with soap and water before volunteering and washing every hour of volunteer time
  • Using gloves at all times
  • Continuing social distancing measures, including limiting the number of volunteers per shift
  • Making alcohol-based hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes and solutions, and tissues readily available
  • Hourly cleaning and sanitation of the Food Bank, including volunteer area – tables, door handles, sink handles, and other frequently touched surfaces

Agency Extending Hours

Branch County

  • Son-Shine Ministries, Quincy - Open to all Branch County residents Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.
  • Branch Area Food Pantry, Coldwater - New hours Tuesdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Calhoun County 

  • Neigh Pantry Association North East, Battle Creek - Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:45 am.

Kalamazoo County

  • Sherman Lake, Galesburg/Augusta - Camp is closed, will have drive-through food distributions available. More information to come.
  • Fresh Food Distribution Valley Family Church - Increasing from one distribution per month to every week Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 starting March 24th.

Jackson County

  • Fresh Food Distribution First United Methodist Church, Jackson - Now open!
  • Spring Arbor Pantry, Jackson - Now open!

Lenawee County

  • Fresh Food Distribution Tecumseh United Methodist Church, Tecumseh - Now open!

St. Joseph County

  • ECN/White Pigeon, White Pigeon - Reopen!
  • Three Rivers Food Site, Three Rivers - Serving normal hours.
  • Fabius Township Fire Department Fresh Food Distribution, Three Rivers - Serving at Three Rivers High School.

Agency Closings

Barry County

  • FFD Orangeville, Shelbyville - Closed until further notice.

Calhoun County

  • Upton Avenue Original Church of God, Battle Creek - Closed until further notice.
  • Early Childhood Connections/CISD, Battle Creek - Closed until further notice.
  • Share Center, Battle Creek- Drop-in center closed; continuing to provide to-go meals.
  • Community Missionary Baptist Church, Battle Creek - Church closed, call in need of emergency food box.
  • Urbandale Neighborhood Pantry, Battle Creek - Pantry closed.
  • Urban League of Battle Creek, Battle Creek - Program closed until further notice.

Jackson County

  • Rives Baptist Church Pantry, Rives - closed until further notice.

Kalamazoo County

  • Otsego School District, Otsego - Closed until further notice.
  • Housing Resources, Kalamazoo - Pantry closed.
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church, Kalamazoo - Greater Open Door Pantry closed until further notice.

St. Joseph County

  • United Community Assistance Program, Three Rivers - By phone only.

South Michigan Food Bank - Response to Gov. Whitmer's Executive Order to Stay Home

BATTLE CREEK –  South Michigan Food Bank, along with our network of food distribution partners across the eight-county service area is on track to provide 9.5 million meals this year. As businesses are closing and scaling back in response to COVID-19, residents require a greater need for food assistance.

South Michigan Food Bank is not backing down! We hold our responsibility to our community seriously and are dedicated, more than ever, to continue providing food to our communities.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order allows for food banks, food pantries, and our volunteers to continue the work we are doing to provide necessary food.

Please know that we are taking proactive measures to protect against Coronavirus to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and volunteers.

These steps include:

  • Checking temperatures as volunteers enter through the main entrance
  • Volunteers and staff to wash hands with soap and water before volunteering and washing every hour of volunteer time
  • Using gloves at all times
  • Continuing social distancing measures, including limiting the number of volunteers per shift
  • Making alcohol-based hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes and solutions, and tissues readily available
  • Hourly cleaning and sanitation of the Food Bank, including volunteer area – tables, door handles, sink handles, and other frequently touched surfaces

If you or your family members are having flu, cold, or virus symptoms, we ask that you help us protect our community and stay home.

How You Can Help

To support South Michigan Food Bank and supply our neighbors with food needed now more than ever, you can:

  • Volunteer following the safety precautions in our volunteer policy. We invite you to email michelle@smfoodbank.org or call (269) 964-3663 with any questions.
  • Drop off food items at 5451 Wayne Rd. Our current wish list includes chicken noodle soup and macaroni & cheese dinners.
  • Donate funds