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Focus Hope Press Release

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous

Focus: HOPE accepting new applications for seniors in need to receive FREE monthly food assistance

Program seeks 2,600 new seniors to add to its food program

DETROIT, MI - November 22, 2022—To help reduce the nearly 43 percent of people who are food insecure in southeast Michigan, Focus: HOPE is increasing its effort to expand the monthly food program for seniors.

“With rising food prices and high energy costs for the winter ahead, more seniors may need food assistance – and we can help meet that need,” said Focus: HOPE CEO Portia Roberson. “Each month, seniors in Detroit, plus 159 communities, can receive a box of groceries to stock their pantries with shelf staples.” 

In partnership with federal and state agencies, and together with more than 250 community partners, Focus: HOPE distributes food boxes to more than 42,000 older adults each month.

While Focus: HOPE is based in Detroit, the agency serves all communities in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. That means residents in Detroit and Highland Park, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the Grosse Pointes, Downriver, Taylor and beyond can receive access to food options from Focus: HOPE.

Unlike many food programs that provide one-time meals; this program focuses on supplementing senior pantries with items like milk, cereal and canned goods that can be used throughout the entire month. “Since our involvement with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in 1971, we’ve worked diligently to expand the pilot senior program into a permanent nationwide effort with lasting impact. We are grateful to the USDA and are committed to continuing our legacy to serve our community,” she said.

Contents of the monthly box include: 

  • Cheese
  • Milk (e.g. condensed and/or dry)
  • Pasta/grain (e.g., spaghetti; rice)
  • Cereal or oatmeal
  • Protein
  • Meat (e.g., canned beef; canned chicken)
  • Vegetables and soup (e.g., green beans; vegetable soup)
  • Fruits (e.g., fruit cocktail; apricots) 
  • Juice (e.g., grape; apple; orange)

 

Apply to Receive Free Food

Seniors age 60 and older living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb or Washtenaw counties can apply for the monthly Food for Seniors Program by calling 313-494-4600, emailing food@focushope.edu or filling out this form: https://bit.ly/3D8YFzl

Volunteer Needed

Volunteers are needed to pack and help distribute meals to our seniors as a part of our Food for Seniors program in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties. If you or your company is interested in volunteering to this heart-warming cause contact 313-494-4270 or volunteer@focushope.edu.

To learn more about Focus: HOPE Food for Seniors Program, visit https://www.focushope.edu/programs/food-for-seniors/

About Focus: HOPE

Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization founded in 1968 after the Detroit civil disturbance. Over the past half-century, Focus: HOPE has developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty1 injustice in the core areas of early learning, youth development, workforce training, food justice, and advocacy. As a result, thousands of individuals have achieved financial independence. For more information, visit www.focushope.edu.

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