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Area Food Resources

***Expansion of Food Assistance Benefits***

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a change that allows 90,000 students enrolled in career and technical education colleges to be eligible for food assistance benefits. Ferris State University students enrolled in career and technical educational programs could be eligible for food assistance benefits under new expansion. With the new initiative, college students will be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if they are enrolled at least half-time in school while seeking an occupational degree through the Perkins Post Secondary CTE program. Ferris is one of three universities in Michigan which receives funding through the Perkins Post Secondary CTE program, and offers students more than 20 occupational programs. Interested students should apply here.

Ferris: There's Food Here! is a way that the University community can share and post information on where the free food and food deals are available on the Big Rapids campus using Facebook. This system was created to help people. The site operates on the honor system. The aim is to share food availability information with as many students as possible. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to post pictures and information of where and when free food is available on the Big Rapids campus. 

This is not a food sustainability system. The frequency of food availability is unknown. Membership to this group is open to all of the Ferris community. Let’s look out for one another and be an ethical community.

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Ferris: There’s Food Here!

Area Food Resources Brochure (Hours and availability to these sources are subject to change. Please contact the organization for current availability of food resources)

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***“These lists are subject to change. Hours and availability may be impacted by COVID-19. Please contact the organization for current availability of food resources.***

Area Community Meals

  •  Sunday

    No community meals available.

  •  Monday

    No community meals available.

  •  Tuesday

    Every Tuesday.

    St. Mary ‘s Parish. God's Kitchen
    919 Marian Avenue, Big Rapids, Mi.

    5:30 pm - 
    6:30 pm
    (231) 796-5202

    Every Tuesday.

    Wesley House
    628 S. Warren Ave. Big Rapids, Mi.
    Lunch 
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    (Mainly for College Students, but community welcome)
    (231) 796-8315

    Every Tuesday.

    St. Michael’s Parish Remus  
    8944 50
    th Ave. Remus, Mi.
    5:30 pm - 
    6:30 pm
    (Meal in School Building)
    (989) 967-3520

     

  •  Wednesday

    Every Wednesday.

    Third Avenue United Methodist Church 
    226 N. 3rd Ave Big Rapids, Mi.
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    (231) 796-4157

    Most Wednesdays.

    New Hope Methodist Church
    7296 9-mile road Mecosta, Mi.

    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    (While Chippewa Hills school district is in session) 
    (231) 972-2838

     

  •  Thursday

    Every Thursday.

    First United Methodist Church of Big Rapids
    304 Elm St. Big Rapids, Mi. 
    5:30pm - 6:30pm
    231-796-7771

    Every Thursday. 

    Reed City Church of the Nazarene
    (
    Shepherds Table)
    5300 220th Ave. Reed City, Mi.
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    (231) 832-5871 

    Every Thursday.

    Wesley House
    628 S. Warren Ave. Big Rapids, Mi.
    Dinner 
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    (Mainly for College Students, but community welcome)
    (231) 796-8315

     

  •  Friday

    No community meals available.

  •  Saturday

    Every Saturday.

    Third Avenue United Methodist.
    226 N. 3
    rd Ave Big Rapids, Mi.
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    (231) 796-4157

    Every Saturday. 

    Seventh day Adventist
    1031 Rose Ave. Big Rapids, Mi.

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    (231) 796-0771

    Every 2nd Saturday each month.

    Barryton Church of God
    20244 30th Ave., Barryton, Mi.
    11:30 am-1:00 pm
    (989) 382-7789

     

Area Food Pantries, Food Banks, and Food Trucks

  •  FSU Student Food Pantry

    Location and Contact
    628 S. Warren Ave. Big Rapids, Mi.

    Frequency
    Monday and Wednesday 10 am - 2pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 5 pm - 8 pm

    Requirements and Other Information
    Valid Ferris ID and form
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0puaqArBfARV4yB5KqUq4-xketzr3Iqx98t4gmtbRsI2sLA/viewform

  •  Manna Pantry - Emergency Food Pantry

    Location and Contact
    315B S. State St. Big Rapids, Michigan
    231-408-2940

    Frequency
    Monday – Friday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

    Requirements and Other Information
    Emergency food pantry.
    Walk-ins can 
    receive 3 days of food.
    For additional food, visitors need referral from a social services agency, or Ferris counselor, teacher, or staff who can verify food emergency. Letterhead must have Ferris. Referrals are for ones who need more than 3 days of food.

     

  •  Project Starburst - Food Pantry

    Location and Contact
    120 S. State Street. Big Rapids, Michigan
    231-796-5342

    Frequency
    Monday thru Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Requirements and Other Information
    No requirements, intake form filled out for initial visit and monthly sign in. Visitors can receive food once a month.
    Largest pantry in area serves over 1,000 families a month.

     

  •  Faith Community Church - Food Bank

    Location and Contact
    610 Green Street, Big Rapids, Mi.
    231-796-8389

    Frequency
    Every Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Requirements and Other Information
    Gives laundry basket of food to each family.
    No requirements. Register at site for first visit and sign in each additional visit. Asks for Drivers License or Social Security card to verify identity of person. Visitors can receive food once a month. 

     

  •  God’s Helping Hands of Mecosta - Emergency food service Pantry

    Location and Contact

    8760 50th Avenue, Remus, Michigan
    989-967-8581

    Frequency
    Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Requirements and Other Information
    Must complete registration form and interview. Bring all bills and expenditures to show need. Provide ID. Services for individuals with income under $1900 a month before taxes for single person.
    After registration, individual can go up to 6 times a year, 4 weeks in between each visit. Supplemental food service. Average small box of food for single person value $110.

     

  •  Third Avenue United Methodist Church - Food Truck

    Location and Contact
    226 N. 3rd Ave. Big Rapids, Michigan
    231-796-4157

    Frequency
    Once a month from April - November

    Requirements and Other Information
    Must register, (no requirements however), for food truck on days of distribution.
    April – November. Food Truck rotates between Paris UM, Rodney UM, and Grant Center UM. Mostly Fridays and Saturdays. Third Avenue Methodist and Christ Harvest Church participate.

    Hosts a food truck through Feeding America. Three church rotation: Paris UM, Rodney UM, and Grant Center UM. 9 months out of the year, April-November. Truck rotates between Rodney, Paris, and Grant and gives food out once a month until food is gone.

    8:00 am Registration at site.

    10:00 am food distribution.

    Sat. April 3 Paris.

    Friday May 27 Paris.

    Friday June 24 Grant Center.

    Friday July 29 Rodney.

    Friday Aug. 26 Grant Center.

    Tue. Sep. 20 Rodney.

    Sat. Oct. 29 Paris.

     

  •  Twelve Baskets Food Pantry, Stanwood Free Methodist Church - Food Pantry

    Location and Contact
    7486 Stanwood Drive. Stanwood, Michigan
    231-823-2115

    Frequency
    Third Monday each month. 9:00am – noon.

    Requirements and Other Information
    Very small pantry but they try to serve all who are in need.

     

  •  Chippewa Lake Community Church - Food Pantry

    Location and Contact
    10490 Lake St. Chippewa Lake, Michigan
    Church phone: 231-867-6051
    Mary: 231-250-9540 or
    Linda: 231-867-2053

    Frequency
    By appointment only.

    Requirements and Other Information
    No requirements. Organization collects minimum information.
    Generally receive a couple grocery bags. The pantry is very small and is totally supplied and supported by congregation.