With the outbreak of COVID-19, there’s been a lot of uncertainty and confusion in our Michigan community. This is a trying time for many and it’s important we lean on our friends, family and neighbors for support (metaphorically lean, of course, since social distancing is still strongly encouraged). To help members of our Michigan community who may be struggling during this time, we’ve put together a list of resources for those who need food, financial help, are seeking unemployment help and more. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has great resources on their website.
The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) is a great place to start for aid available statewide. The MDHHS website includes several resources and assistance programs.
United Way has created a COVID-19 Community Response Fund that helps families who need immediate assistance, like accessing health care, emergency financial support and food. Learn more here.
Senior citizens can receive a grocery delivery service through Michigan Muslin Community Council. Call 734-325-4134 between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to place an order.
Workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of family members who are sick will receive an extension of benefits through Michigan’s Unemployment Office. Learn more here.
Self-employed workers and independent contractors who don’t have unemployment insurance will now have access to unemployment. Fill out an application here.
Low-income families can receive free internet access through Comcast and Charter Communications. View more information here. Companies are also offering 60 days of free internet access for households with K-12 and college students.
For a full list of food distribution centers for K-12 students, see this comprehensive MLive article.
TechTown is launching an emergency COVID-19 fund for Detroit-area small businesses. Apply here.
Mighty Mings will serve kids free pancake and bacon from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. Located at 20131 Greenfield Road.
We the People are dropping off free water at multiple locations in Detroit. View the map of drop-off locations here
The Detroit Public Schools Community District will be distributing “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meal at 58 locations. View the school locations and more information here.
Gleaners Community Food Bank has added more food distribution sites for families and children in Metro Detroit. View more information here.
United Way’s 2-1-1 connects people to thousands of services in 14 counties: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Ionia, Kalkaska, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, and Osceola. Services include food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more. Call 211 or 800.887.1107 to get connected to resources, or visit for more ways to access resources.
Kids Food Basket will continue to provide meals and other nutritional services to kids. Visit their website to learn more.
Mel Trotter Ministries remains open and continues to serve our struggling neighbors experiencing homelessness who are at high risk of COVID-19. Learn more here.
Traverse City Area Public Schools will offer breakfast and lunch meals for pickup and the following locations:
- Blair Elementary School- 1625 Sawyer Road, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
- Traverse Heights Elementary School- 933 Rose St., 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
- East Middle School- 1776 Three Mile Rd., 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
- Long Lake Elementary School- 7600 N. Long Lake Rd. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Traverse Bay Area School District will distribute food to Benzie Central Schools on March 20, 23 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 9222 Homestead Road.