Food Policy Council

The Oakland County Food Policy Council is working to increase consumption, accessibility, and affordability of healthy foods among county residents. The council has begun identifying ​organizations working within the food system and asset mapping of healthy eating resources in Oakland County. Results will support developing a food resource directory and guide the future actions of the Food Policy Council.

Oakland County Food Policy Council is seeking a new council chair!

The council is seeking a chair who can guide and lead the council. Ideal candidates demonstrate, among other qualities, an understanding of food policy and have a strong commitment to equity and justice. The position is a volunteer position, with at least a 1-year term commitment. A full position description, application, and submission instructions can be found under "Additional Info-Other Documents."   Questions regarding the position can be directed at woodsa@oakgov.com.  

Council Initiatives

  • Conduct a thorough assessment of the food system in Oakland County.
  • Promote and develop local resources to help people access healthy foods.
  • Prioritize the Community Health Improvement Plan suggested actions for implementation and expansion.

2022 Summer Food Service Program: "Meet Up & Eat Up"

"Meet Up & Eat Up" Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides children and teens with healthy, nutritious meals that contain essential nutrients that promote healthier bodies and lifestyles. Participating sites that provide the summer meals are always safe and local. Text 'FOOD' to 304-304 to find a location nearby or use this map to find a location (link to the map in Spanish).

Response to COVID-19

Gleaners Community Food Bank

  • Gleaners continues to serve those in need. They continue to work with partner pantries and are expanding food distribution efforts to include additional drive-up mobile sites in Oakland and surrounding counties. Community distribution sites occur weekly at multiple locations and will be added regularly to their website. Please call a pantry location call ahead of time in case an appointment or paperwork may be necessary.

Forgotten Harvest

  • Forgotten Harvest updates its website daily with the most current list of active distribution sites receiving its food.  Forgotten Harvest urges a household to check with listed agencies for any last minute changes before going to an agency distribution site.

Emergency SNAP Benefits-July Update 2022

  • Gov. Whitmer announced all Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will continute to receive at least an additional $95 in July in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising food costs. Emergency benefits are approved on a month-to-month basis.  Eligible clients will see additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card from July 17-25, 2022.
  •  Food Bank Council of Michigan has informational flyers about the emergency allotments on their Facebook page.
Oakland County COVID-19 Resources

**This is an evolving situation.  Information/resources will be updated as available on the OC Health Division website. Our Nurse on Call is also available at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, or noc@oakgov.com.**


Additional Info