Eaton County food pantries.

Most of the food pantries in Eaton County focus their services on a limited area. They may only help someone that lives in a certain school district or that belongs to a church. But the goal is to prevent hunger, so even if a free bag of groceries is not available, they will try to offer a referral to another food bank that can meet the applicant's needs.

The pantries are involved in administering various social services and basic needs. The food they pass out may meet nutritional targets set by the USDA. In addition, families can try one of these centers for goods such as clothing, cleaning supplies, or hygiene products. Also, a food pantry in Eaton County may also operate a soup kitchen, and those can serve meals (including at the holidays) to families living in poverty.

Some of the leading distribution centers are below, but there may be others. Residents can try a location that is closest to where they live.

Bellevue Good Samaritans at the United Methodist Church
122 West Capital Avenue
Bellevue, MI 49021
Telephone - (269) 763-3285
This charity only supports people that live with Bellevue School District. The students and families can get free food from the pantry, there are school supplies, clothing, and snacks during holiday breaks.

Charlotte Assembly Of God
Address is 1100 East Clinton Trail
Charlotte, MI 48813-5175
Telephone number is (517) 543-0649

Helping Hands Of Eaton County
Location - 600 South Cochran
Charlotte, Michigan 48813
(517) 543-8737
Whether it is food or emergency financial aid, assistance is offered to low income families in Charlotte and Vermontville in need. Income as well as some residency guidelines apply when seeking help.




Society Of Saint Vincent Depaul - Saint Mary's Of Charlotte
812 Saint Mary Boulevard
Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone - (517) 543-4319
The churches offer everything from food to financial aid and applications to SNAP food stamps. The Eaton Charity may also deliver a meal to a senior citizen in the county. Special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served too.

First Presbyterian Church Of Dimondale
Address is 162 North Bridge Street
Dimondale, MI 48821
For information, dial (517) 646-0641
Personal needs and food is only for those that live in Dimondale and Windsor Township. The Dimondale Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church both provide funding for the operation of the pantry.

Heart And Hands - First Baptist Church
Main address: 9220 Kinneville Road
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
(517) 663-7104
Emergency food is available as the result of donations, canned food drives, and other emergency aid.

Grand Ledge Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Center
4980 Burt Avenue
Grand Ledge, MI 48837-0402
(517) 627-4348
Programs include clothing such as shoes or small Christmas toys for children. There is also boxes of food, bedding, furniture for the formerly homeless, and hygiene goods.

Olivet Good Neighbors
PO Box 195
Olivet, Michigan 49076
Main phone - (269) 749-2631




Potterville United Methodist Church
105 North Church Street
Potterville, Michigan 48876
Phone: (517) 645-7701
A soup kitchen has bread and hot meals. The pantry may have fruits, non-perishable food, and other services.

For additional referrals or assistance, call 517.853.7800. Non-profits such as Feeding America feed the poor and hungry, or they can direct people to USDA surplus commodities or applications to free school lunches.


By Jon McNamara

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