Open Enrollment for Free Commodity Supplemental Food Available to Eligible Seniors

As mid-Michigan heads into another cold season, many seniors will once again face difficulty in putting food on the table; Mid Michigan Community Action can help. The agency has open enrollment for free supplemental food.

Seniors (ages 60 or over) at or below 130% of the federal poverty guideline ($1,180 for a single person household OR $1,594 per month for a household of two) are eligible for the program. Families with children under six-years-old and not receiving Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits with a household income at or below 185% ($34,281 annually for a household of three) are also eligible.

Food boxes vary from month to month but include staple items such as flour, peanut butter, canned goods, proteins, pasta and other items. The agency’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program has provided food to over 2,500 seniors across mid-Michigan in program year 2010.

“Because of high heating costs many seniors have a lot of trouble stretching their dollars to cover everything, and at times they cut their food budget to afford their heat,” Sharon Wainman, Mid Michigan Community Action Outreach Services Director, said. “The purpose of this program is to supplement a senior’s food supply each month to ease their burden,” she added.

“Most importantly, we want to do everything we can to ensure that seniors do not have to go without food—and the Commodities program helps to avoid that issue,” Wainman said.

Seniors and families struggling to get by may be eligible for other Mid Michigan Community Action services as well based on eligibility and availability of funding.

Those interested in signing up for commodities can call their local Mid Michigan Community Action Outreach office for an appointment:

Bay County: 989-894-9060
Clare County: 989-386-3805 or toll-free 1-877-213-5948
Gladwin County: 989-426-2801
Mecosta County: 231-660-0271
Midland County: 989-832-7310
Osceola County: 231-791-7078

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