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Free food banks and emergency pantries in Michigan.

Find details on free Michigan food banks, pantries, and distribution centers as well as government benefit programs. There are charities and government programs that provide free or low cost food today, groceries, applications to SNAP food assistance and other non-financial support. This can often include hot meals and holiday assistance as well. Locate a free food pantry near you in MI.

Many locations have drive thru pantries on site as well. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for referrals to other locations. Many of the food banks are part of Feeding America. They partner with local churches, non-profits, and charities across Michigan. Together they help hundreds of thousands of low income people and families every year.

The free food banks and pantries also offer emergency groceries for people in a hardship as well as free Meals on Wheels in MI. They provide millions of pounds of canned groceries, meals, and food. Most sites can provide meats, vegetables, frozen foods, bread, infant formula such as Similac and nutritional support. Or look here for Similac free samples.

In addition, keep in mind that many non-profit organizations and charities, such as the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul and Catholic Charities, among others, may also have free food. Some of the sites may also address other needs, such as process applications for SNAP food stamps, give out EBT cards or USDA commodities. They may offer senior citizens free congregate meals, baby formula, or distribute free dog or cat food to seniors. Call an agency below to find additional resources or food programs in your county.

Michigan food pantries by county and city

If you need additional help, find pantries and food banks that are local to your city, town, and county in Michigan. A list of each region is below. There are a number of additional emergency distribution centers near you that distribute free food, clothing, and other forms of support to the needy. A more wide ranging list of Michigan food banks is also below this list.

Regional and county wide food centers in MI

Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan provides assistance in the most populous counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, as well as Wayne. Programs include the Summer Feeding Program, Pet Pantry for free dog or cat food, Mobile Farm Markets and more. They also have a free drive thru food bank. As the number of people using the food bank is so large, there are multiple locations including:




  • 2131 Beaufait Street, Detroit, MI 48207. Call 313.923.3535
  • Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP) also works with Feeding America. The address is 1140 S. Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48161. Call 734.241.2775
  • Macomb Food Program address - 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Phone number is 586.469.6004

Forgotten Harvest also supports the Detroit Michigan metro area, as well as the counties of Macomb, Oakland, as well as Wayne. There are resources like National Produce Program, various government assistance programs, local pantries and more. The Feeding America center is at 15000 W. Eight Mile Rd., Oak Park, MI 48237. Call 248.967.1500.

Food Gatherers is a Feeding America location. They only support one county in Michigan, and that is Washtenaw. However there are many assistance programs, ranging from Senior Box Program (CSFP) to Nutrition Education and of course referrals. As the center works with local charities, churches and non-profit pantries soup kitchens, and feeding sites.

Supports the entire capital region of Michigan. Emergency bags of groceries and more can be passed out. As the name implies, offers coverage to the eastern portion of the state. Fruits, vegetables, baby formula, and canned goods are all offered. May also have information on free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals. The main location is 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Call 734.761.2796.

Greater Lansing Food Bank works with volunteers, corporations, and food drives to help the low income get a meal. A major focus is on ensuring "vulnerable" people in the service territory have the food, meals, and nutritional they need. This includes children, the elderly, disabled and students during the summer holiday or weekends.

The address is 5600 Food Court, Bath, MI 48808. The location covers the counties of Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella, and Shiawassee County. Everything from Mobile Food pantries to cooking and wellness classes, free hot meals or boxes of groceries, and Meals on Wheels services can be offered via referrals. Call 517.853.7800.

South Michigan Food Bank is for residents in the counties of Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, or St. Joseph. assistance programs include, but are not limited too, SNAP Outreach Program including applications to the public assistance programs. The elderly or seniors can apply to CSFP, or the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.





The location has lists of local pantries. Or inquire about applications for SNAP food stamps or meals for infants from WIC. There is also the Senior Brown Bag, Summer meals, bi-monthly Healthy Cooking demonstrations and more. The location is 5451 Wayne Road, Battle Creek, MI 49037. The main number is 269.964.3663.

Feeding America West Michigan has a few locations, including small distribution centers. They are noted below. This Feeding America non-profit covers the largest geography in Michigan. Tens of thousands of people receive help, whether free groceries or information, each month. Hundreds of faith based agencies, churches in Michigan, corporations and others partner on the Hunger Prevention programs too.

The service area is large and includes Alger, Allegan, Antrim, Baraga, Benzie, Berrien, Cass, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ionia, Iron, Kalkaska, Kent, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ontonagon, Osceola, Ottawa, Schoolcraft, Van Buren, and Wexford County. Many agencies help feed the unemployed, poor, and struggling.

  • 864 West River Center Drive NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321. Dial 616.784.3250
  • The Manna Food Project is at 291 McBride Park Court, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Main number is 231.347.8852
  • Western Upper Peninsula Food Bank address is 962 Dodge Street, Houghton, MI 49931. Call 906.482.5548

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has programs such as USDA/TEFAP, referrals to emergency food pantries, meals for the homeless and more. This location mainly provides resources to other pantries and churches. Those locations then distribute the food boxes, perishable goods, and holiday assistance to qualified lower income families. Free food banks MI

There are hunger prevention programs across the region, including the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Cheboygan, Crawford, Genesee, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Lapeer, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac, and also the county of Tuscola Michigan.

There are many resources offered. Everything from wellness or cooking classes, including tips on how to use coupons and shop for healthy food. Or get free USDA food, including baby formula for new moms or Ensure for the elderly. There are also programs such as Veterans Outreach & Distribution, Kids Cafe and more. The main address is 2300 Lapeer Road, Flint, MI 48503. Call 810.239.4441.

Northwest Gleaners Food Bank
101 Clay Dr., Cadillac, MI 49601. Dial (231) 779-0056
A Feeding America center that has Meals on Wheels, a free pet food pantry, and drive thru as well. Counties served include Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford.

The Manna Food Project
8791 Mcbride Park Dr
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Hot meals, clothing, summer snacks for students, and free delivered meals for the homebound are all offered by the non-profit.





Central Upper Peninsula Food
1710 Ash St
Ishpeming, MI 49849
(906) 485-4988

They provide food, meals, and aid to local churches and charities. Those other Michigan centers then distribute the items to the needy.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
1095 3rd St
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 722-9352
May also have Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals. Provides information on other social services, including gifts for children.

Forgotten Harvest
21800 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, MI 48237.
Main number is 248-967-1500

More Michigan free food banks

You can find programs in your county using the link above. Or feel free to dial 800-552-4483 for additional lists of free food banks and pantries that are near you and that also operate in Michigan. Locations will also have information on other USDA programs, such as meals and snacks for students during the summer and nutritional programs that are focused on assisting senior citizens and the elderly in Michigan.


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