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." 

To be considered, please submit an application by June 3, 2022.  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.

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-April 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 April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising food costs.  Eligible clients will see additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card from April 16-25, 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