MDHHS continues Flint food giveaway in December; Department distributes vitamin-rich food in time for the holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 26, 2019                                                         

CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112   

LANSING, Mich. – Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for December at locations throughout Flint.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provided the Flint mobile food pantries since February 2016 in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint.

All mobile food pantry sites distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Food available in December will include apples, potatoes, carrots and onions. Food distribution sites will remain open while supplies last.

“It’s important to ensure individuals and their families have nutritious food to put on their tables, especially during the holiday season,” said Erin Frisch, the MDHHS senior chief deputy director for opportunity. “We hope to provide not only food to Flint residents, but also ease as they enjoy time with family and loved ones.”

December dates by location are:

  • Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road
    • Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m.
  • Greater Holy Temple, 6702 N. Dort Hwy
    • Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m.
  • Flint Muslim Food Pantry, 4400 S. Saginaw St.
    • Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m.
    • Flint First Wesleyan Church, 3825 Davison Road
    • Friday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m.
  • Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 Ballenger Hwy.
    • Monday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m.
  • Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 Martin Luther King Ave.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m.
  • St. Luke’s NEW Life Center, 3115 Lawndale Ave.
    • Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m.
  • Second Chance Church, 5306 North St.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m.
  • Hispanic Tech Center, 2101 Lewis St.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m.

Flint residents can also pick up free nutritional food at the three Flint Help Center locations.

They are Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Highway, open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road, open Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Greater Holy Temple, 6702 N. Dort Highway, open Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This schedule is subject to change, and information about additional food distribution dates will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information or to find out about any changes in the schedule, visit the Food Bank website at www.FBEM.org and find the updated schedule on the Mobile Pantry Distribution page, or call 810-239-4441.

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