LANSING, Mich. – The Adult Aging and Services Department of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) partnered with the Michigan Food Bank Board to raise money for senior residents who stayed home during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The groups asked Michigan residents to donate money virtual food drive which will provide food boxes for seniors in need.
The $ 28 contribution includes the cost of a box containing 33 food items for 22 meals, officials said. Boxes containing items such as canned chicken, green beans, peanut butter and diced tomatoes.
“The COVID-19 pandemic raises an additional obstacle that is unprecedented for food access,” Dr. Dawn Opel, director of research and strategic initiatives for the Michigan Food Bank Board. “This program is an example of how we create innovative food distribution models to bring food to people where they are – to reduce household food insecurity and to prevent the spread of viruses for those who do not have transportation and other support.”
Officials said that the Michigan National Guard would pack the first 10,000 boxes in the Gleaner Community Food Bank warehouse in Pontiac, and then distribute them among the local Area Agency on Aging. Volunteers will send food boxes to seniors, officials said.
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