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.
Location and Contact St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Annex 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.
Location and Contact Faith Community Church 610 Green St. Big Rapids 231-796-8389
Frequency Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Requirements and Other Information Everyone is welcome, all Veterans and those in need.
Location and Contact United Church of Big Rapids 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Location and Contact St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church 831 S. Chestnut St. Reed City 231-215-6996