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Digital Resource Library
The Digital Resource Library (DRL) was created to help individuals across the Thumb find resources and information about available services.
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Watch the short video below for more information about the DRL.
Food Assistance Programs
Community Hot Meal Sites
Did you know you can get a community hot meal and connect with other people in your community? This video focuses on community meal programs. Eating together can lift the spirits of individuals who often eat alone or don’t have opportunities to socialize with others. Services highlighted in this video include: If you are out of food or almost out of food without options to get food in the next few days, contact HDC at 1-800-843-6394 or MDHHS at https://www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/. 1) Senior Dining Centers - The Human Development Commission offers Senior Dining Centers at 10 locations in the Thumb. Bad Axe, Caro, Caseville, Deckerville, Harbor Beach, Lexington, Marlette, Mayville, Port Austin, Sandusky, and Vassar. Calendars and menus are posted on the Human Development Commission (HDC) Website. Call 1-800-843-6394 2) Lapeer County Senior program offers two meal-sites in Lapeer and Imlay City. Sites offer more than a meal with activities and events frequently held at the center. Call the Lapeer Center at 810-245-6896 and the Imlay City Center at 810-724-6030. Calendars and menus are posted on the Lapeer County Website at https://tinyurl.com/lapeersc. 3) Home Delivered Meals - The Human Development Commission is a Meals on Wheels of America member and delivers meals to individuals 60+ who are unable to prepare their own meals or attend an HDC Senior Dining Center. For more information about the Human Development Commission program, call 1-800-843-6394 or apply online at hdc-caro.org. 4) Lapeer County Senior Programs Home Delivered Meal program offers homebound seniors nutritionally balanced meals. For more information about the Lapeer County Senior Programs Home Delivered Meal program, call 810-245-5866 or visit https://tinyurl.com/lapeerseniorprogram. 3) Community Meals - Spoonful’s of Plenty is a FREE community meal that is served to anyone needing a nutritious, home-style meal. Meals are available every Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:00 pm at the LeeRoy Clark Center, located at 435 Green Street in Caro. For more information on Spoonful of Plenty meals, call 1-800-843-6394 or visit https://hdc-caro.org/spoonfuls-of-plenty. For additional help finding resources- Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211nemichigan.org For other resources, please visit www.thumbhealth.org.
Programs for Helping Buy Groceries
Did you know there are programs that can help you buy groceries from a store? This video focuses on programs that help you buy grocery items. Many people use programs in the Thumb like food pantries, food distribution programs, and food events like pop up pantries. Services highlighted in this video include: 1. Women, Infant & Children Program (WIC)- provides breastfeeding support, formula and nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. Contact your local health department. Huron County Health Department 989-269-3301 www.hchd.us/wic, Lapeer County Health Department 810-667-0391 www.lapeercountymi.gov/departments/health/index.php, Sanilac County Health Department 810-648-4098 ext. 118 www.sanilachealth.com/wic, Tuscola County Health Department 989-673-3199 www.tchd.us/wic or visit https://tinyurl.com/wiceligible guidelines 2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)- provides temporary food assistance for eligible low-income families and individuals. Visit https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/assistance-programs/food for more information. For additional help finding resources- Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211nemichigan.org For other resources, please visit www.thumbhealth.org.
Services for Baby and Personal Care
Did you know there are places you can go to obtain baby items or personal care items? There are resources in the community that can help lessen the stressors of meeting the demands of infants and toddlers. Services highlighted in this video include: 1. Baby Pantries- provide free staples such as diapers, wipes, clothes, equipment, personal care items and formula to area families in need. The pantries are FREE for all residents in most cases. In Tuscola County, the Family Enrichment Center offers items to families in need as well as a family friendly location to gather and learn about services. For more information contact your local baby pantry or great start collaborative. Huron County Baby Pantry 309 N. Outer Dr., Bad Axe 10AM - 3PM on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month Lapeer County Great Start Collaborative https://www.facebook.com/GreatStartLapeerCounty Sanilac County Baby Pantry, 138 Maple Valley St. Sandusky MI 10 am to 2pm on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, P: 810-201-6670 or email@example.com Tuscola County Family Enrichment Center 543 Columbia Street, Caro MI 989-286-3285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Blessing Boxes are filled with food, personal hygiene, and paper products and are strategically placed throughout the Thumb. Locations are kept current on Facebook. Visit https://tinyurl.com/thumbblessingboxes for more information! For additional help finding resources- Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211nemichigan.org For other resources, please visit www.thumbhealth.org.
Food Giveaway Programs
Did you know there are organizations that can give you food to take home? This video focuses on events and locations that give away food you can take home. If you or someone you know has to choose between food and medication or food and rent, there is help. Services highlighted in this video include: 1. Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program a bi-monthly food distribution operated by the Human Development Commission is available to anyone regardless of age or gender, who meets the USDA income guidelines is eligible. Contact the Human Development Commission 1-800-843-6394 or visit https://hdc-caro.org/ 2. Commodity Supplemental Food Distribution Anyone who is age 60 or over and meets the income guidelines can pick up food on a bi-monthly basis from the Human Development Commission Contact the Human Development Commission 1-800-843-6394 or visit https://hdc-caro.org/ 3. Food Pantries & Blessing Boxes- Food pantries and pop-up pantries are available across the Thumb. Many are operated by local churches and have fewer eligibility requirements. Blessing Boxes have non-perishable food items with over 24 locations across the Thumb and are available 24/7. Locations are kept current on Facebook. Visit https://tinyurl.com/thumbblessingboxes for more information! For additional help finding resources- Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211nemichigan.org For other resources, please visit www.thumbhealth.org.