Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council is working to increase consumption, accessibility, and affordability of healthy foods among county residents. The council has begun identifying ‚Äčorganizations 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.

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.

Response to COVID-19

Summer Food Service Program (Meet Up & Eat Up)

  • The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as Meet Up & Eat Up, helps ensure kids (18 years old & younger) still have access to healthy meals when school is closed. Families can find a location by texting FOOD to 877-877 or use this map to find a site (click here for map in Spanish). This summer due to COVID-19, parents and guardians are allowed to pick up meals for the child(ren) and meals or snacks are not required to be eaten on-site.

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.

Pandemic EBT

SNAP Assistance

  • Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS announced expanded emergency SNAP benefits on March 27, 2020.  Eligible households will receive additional benefits for March and April to bring all households using SNAP to the maximum monthly allowance.  This change only applies to those who are not receiving the maximum benefit right now. Eligible households should already see benefits on their Bridge Card for March. For April, clients will see their benefits issued on their typical day and then the additional benefits will be issued the next calendar day. Here is the link to MDHHS press release regarding additional SNAP benefits.
  •  Food Bank Council of Michigan has informational flyers about the emergency allotments that can be shared.

Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Special Grocery Store Hours

  • Here is alist of stores that have special hours reserved for high-risk groups.
**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.**

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