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There are many resources available to combat food insecurity, support local food and farmers, and to do both at the same time. Note: there are more resources available than listed here, as resources keep increasing and evolving.
Food Gatherers is the best place to start when looking for local food pantry, school meal, and SNAP information. Their Need Food page is kept up-to-date with local food pantries. Food Gatherers also has a special COVID-19 page, which includes school meal information. Additionally, Food Gatherers also has information about SNAP updates and how to apply for SNAP. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as the Food Assistance Program, Food Stamps, EBT, Bridge Card). Food Gatherers’s SNAP updates page also includes information about the Pandemic EBT, which is treated like SNAP and can also be used (like SNAP) to get Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). DUFB is a way to spend SNAP/Pandemic EBT and to get that same amount FREE to spend on Michigan fruits and vegetables, and they are temporarily suspending their $20/day matching limit. Check out DUFB’s COVID-19 Resources page for more information.
Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic development also has a great list of food resources, as well as information on other essential resources.
Important note: Currently in Michigan, food assistance must be used in person (and not via online or via telephone payment). For example, people intending to use food assistance as their method of payment can order their food online, and then they would need to pay for their food in person at time of pick-up. Select Kroger and Walmart locations, as well as Ypsi Area Online Market, Chelsea Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Farmers Market, and Argus Farm Stop can process SNAP using this method for ordering (Ypsi Area Online Market, Chelsea Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Farmers Market, and Argus Farm Stop also can process DUFB). Additionally, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is still operational! Find Washtenaw County Health Department WIC updates here.