Help & Resources for Michigan Families Impacted by Coronavirus Crisis

Last updated March 17 at 2:22 pm

While Michigan K-12 schools are closed because of the coronavirus crisis, local businesses and organizations are stepping up to help families. The Michigan Department of Education has released an online map to help families find places offering meals while schools are closed. For a list of local restaurants offering delivery, carry-out or curbside pick-up, click here.

Help for people impacted by the coronavirus crisis:

  • St. Ann’s Lake County Senior Services: Home delivered meals are continuing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 231-745-7201 for more information. Senior dining sites are closed. Homemaker and transportation services are suspended.
  • Clare County Transit Corp: Effective Immediately CCTC will be offering free grocery pick up and porch delivery for our senior passengers and those with risk factors associated with COVID-19. Currently Steve’s Country Market in Harrison and Carrow’s Supermarket in Farwell are participating. Other stores are working on a system and CCTC is able to work with any stores that may want to start this service for their shoppers.
    To use this service; call your store of choice, give them your shopping list, arrange payment over the phone and leave your address. When your order is complete your store will call CCTC for transportation of your groceries. If you would like to call CCTC’s dispatch to notify us as well you are welcome to do so.
    If any passenger or store has questions they are welcome to contact CCTC’s dispatch at 539-1473 or message this Facebook page.
  • Farwell Area Schools began a bus delivery program on March 17 that will deliver multiple day meals directly to their students at their bus stops. These deliveries will occur on Tuesday and Thursday til this shut down is over. Also, pickups are available directly at the school on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3-6pm. This will help working parents who cannot come to a morning food pick up (because of work) at the school and it will help feed more children in our community that otherwise could have gone without food.
  • Curry House Assisted Living and Memory Care is baking fresh bread and passing it out to seniors who need some on Friday, March 20th at the Curry House.
  • KJ’s Family Restaurant in Mecosta is offering $1 kids meals during the school closing. KJ’s asks those seeking $1 meals be 12 years old of young, but say they are happy to work with families that may be struggling with the unexpected coronavirus precautions. They recommend you call them at 231-972-8500 with any questions.
  • Next week Fairfield of Gaylord and Hampton Inn of Gaylord will provide sack lunches to any families who need it due to the statewide school shutdown. Lunches will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays from March 17 until April 3.
  • For the next three weeks, Sunny’s Sports Bar & Grill in Reed City will be offering $1 kids meals for lunch and dinner for children under the age of 12.
  • Benzie Bus is offering free medicine delivery service and other support to help seniors or anyone who feels sick. Benzie Senior Resources will continue its Meals-on-Wheels program and may offer increased delivery of frozen items. Any senior citizen or person feeling ill may call Benzie Bus dispatch or email and order medicine for delivery at 231-325-3000 or dispatch@benziebus.com.
  • MI Market Suttons Bay is offering free cups of soup to families. Staff will be serving all soup, breakfast sandwiches and coffee/tea from the kitchen instead of its typical self-service. Those who feel uncomfortable shopping can use the ship-to-store option on its website and pick up your order at the store. If you don’t want to go inside to pick up your order, give them a call from the parking lot at (231) 866-4442 and staff will bring the order to your car.
  • The Beaverton Police Department will provide sack lunches for those who need it during the coronavirus school shutdown. If you or a child you know in the Beaverton School District need lunch, call the Beaverton Police Department (989) 435-9111 or the Beaverton Fire Hall (989) 435-9854. Lunches can be picked up at the Beaverton Fire Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delivery is available to those who need it.
  • East Jordan Public School will provide breakfast and lunch for children 18 and younger starting March 16. More information will be provided on March 15.
  • Cadillac Public Schools: Beginning Monday, Chartwells will be providing lunch to any student and their family in the form of a drive-up distribution process at the JH/HS bus loop from 10:00 – 12:00 PM. Walk-ups will not be permitted. Lunch will be served Monday – Friday for the entire closure, including spring break. For any family with food allergies and/or transportation barriers, please call 231-876-5025 Monday, March 16th between 8-2 PM.
  • Sault Schools have established two distribution dates for all students to receive a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch. To request meals, please call 906-635-3839 ext. 5828 on March 16 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., or go online to complete an anonymous survey at www.saultschools.org in the Headlines section, Food Service During Mandatory Shutdown, and provide the number of children in the family.
  • Fairview Mennonite Church will deliver lunches on Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, March 20 to Fairview Students who are unable to access other resources.  Text Kalie at 989-745-3471 for more details.
  • Mount Pleasant Public Schools Free Lunch Program:
    Will provide healthy meals to anyone in the community or visiting the community. Free lunches are available for children 18 and under. Adult lunches can be purchased for $2.
  • Evart Public Schools:
    Evart Public Schools is providing breakfast and lunch meals to students. Any child 18 or younger is eligible. Distribution will begin on March 17. Students who have a morning bus run will receive the food at their regular bus stop approximately five hours later than the normal pick up time. One week of food will be provided for each child. Another delivery will take place on March 24 with two weeks of food provided. If you do not have a morning bus route, food will be available for pick up at the Evart Fire Hall from 5-8 p.m. Food will be brought to your car. Those who do not plan to participate should call Angie Cushman at 231-734-5594.
  • Fresh Wind Christian Community:
    Fresh Wind Christian Community in Interlochen will be giving away free sack lunches March 17 starting at 11 a.m. until food runs out at 18201 Honor Highway.
  • TCAPS: Beginning March 18 through March 27, TCAPS will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years of age and younger at four pick-up sites across the district.Blair Elementary School – 1625 Sawyer RoadLong Lake Elementary School – 7600 N. Long Lake RoadTraverse Heights Elementary School – 933 Rose StreetEast Middle School (Note: the location is behind the school) – 1776 Three Mile Rd N.Packaged meals will be available Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents/students can pick up breakfast (for the following day) and lunch between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Parents/students will not enter the school building, instead, meals will be passed out in the car line. Additional meals will be available for the weekend if requested.
  • Fremont Public Schools: Fremont Public Schools will begin bus delivery of school lunches and snacks on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and continue with the following schedule:
  • Tuesday, March 17—Friday, March 20
  • Monday, March 23—Friday, March 27
  • Monday, March 30—Friday, April 2
  • Additional dates will be added if closures continue.Delivery times are set between 11 a.m. and 1:00 pm. Children ages 18 and under are invited to come to the bus when it stops at its regular stop to pick up their lunch. Parents are welcome to pick up lunch for their kids. Each student at a bus stop will receive a bagged lunch and snack. It will take a day or two to get the time and schedule in place, so please bear with us.For students who live in town, we are offering a “Grab-and-Go” lunch pickup Monday at Fremont Middle School from 11:00—1:00 p m. Beginning Tuesday we will have two locations for picking up lunches at Fremont Middle School and the Pine Street School. If we miss your house or location, please contact us at 231-924-2350 and we will make sure you get a lunch.
  • Hesperia Community Schools
    Hesperia Community Schools will be distributing breakfast and lunch to supplement food supplies enough for two days for families with students on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week beginning Wednesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3.Bus drivers will be delivering food using their bus routes.Delivery times are set between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Times will vary greatly but students can estimate their food drop-off time at approximately 4.5 hours after they would normally be picked up for school in the morning.
  • White Cloud Public Schools
  • White Cloud Public Schools will be utilizing four buses to cover all routes of WCPS to deliver bagged lunches to all students.Deliveries will take place on the following dates:Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27Monday, March 30-Thursday, April 2Further dates as determined if school closures continue.Delivery times will be between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Families can expect deliveries to be consistent after the first couple days. Students are asked to come to the bus when it stops at its normal stop to pick up their lunch. If your student will be at a new location or is not assigned a bus and would like lunch delivered, please call (231) 269-3304 for assistance.Students who live in town can pick up a bagged lunch in the White Cloud Junior High lobby between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is no eating on site.
  • RanDees in Tustin is providing free lunch for kids Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. while schools are closed.
  • Manna Community Food Pantry is providing pre-assembled food boxes with a variety of shelf-stable and fresh foods that will be distributed during regularly scheduled pantry hours, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m. Client registration and distribution of food boxes will take place as a drive-through pantry service. Staff and volunteers will assist loading food boxes into client vehicles in the parking lot at 8791 McBride Park Court. Under special circumstances, Manna will deliver food boxes directly to residences within our immediate service area. Emergency food boxes will also be available 24/7 at Manna, during regular business hours or by calling 231-675-5715. Anyone who needs food is welcome to receive it from Manna Food Project. Proof of household income is not required to receive food assistance.
  • Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry is providing pre-assembled food boxes with a variety of shelf-stable and fresh foods that will be distributed during regularly scheduled pantry hours, every Monday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Distribution of food boxes will take place as a drive-through pantry service. Staff and volunteers will assist loading food boxes into client vehicles in the Third Street parking lot of  Holy Childhood Church.
  • The Following Are Charlevoix-Emmet ISD 11 District Food Service Programs
  • Alanson  Students will have access to free breakfast and lunch during this long closure of school. Starting on March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to noon, a student can come to the cafeteria/kitchen door and be handed a sack lunch and breakfast for the next morning for free. This is will happen each day from March 16-20 and March 23-26 from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Any student, whether an Alanson student or not, has access to this service. Alanson will also be delivering a lunch and a breakfast to all families on bus routes. Beginning Monday the 16, drivers will start loading up at the school at 11 a.m. and drive their normal bus route, stopping at each stop to drop off meals. On Tuesday-Friday and Monday-Thursday of next week (week of March 23), they will start at 10 a.m. Families can still come to the cafeteria doors on these days from 11:30 a.m. to noon and pick up meals.
  • Beaver Island Information has been sent to families, including those receiving meals through the Commission on Aging.
  • Boyne Falls Free meals for pick up Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. This is open to all children 18 and under from any school/district. Delivery of meals is available free of charge to for families that live within the normal BFPS bus routes. Call the front office to be placed on the delivery list, 231-549-2211 ext. 200
  • Boyne City Free sack breakfast and lunch bags for pick-up only Wednesday, March 18, and Friday, March 20 (other dates to be announced). Pick-up will be at the Boyne City High School back door near the bus garage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Central Lake Free to all children 18 years and younger. Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26
  • Option 1: Non-bus riders and anybody everybody
  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (dates above), MSHS lobby will be open to pick-up and go. Sack breakfast and lunch. Additional foods from pantry will also be available.
  • Option 2: Bus riders only 
  • Two hours later than normal pick up time. Sack breakfast and lunch. Bus will run regular route. Pick up food at the bus. Must have a phone call. Will not stop without a phone call. Please call 231-544-3141 ext. 319.
  • Charlevoix The Rayder Lunch Program is offering free non-perishable meals to all students aged 18 and younger at the following locations and times listed below during the state mandated school closure. The program will begin on Tuesday, March 17. The meals provided will include two days of breakfast and two days of lunches. If you are interested in these meals, you may pick them up at the following locations:
  • Charlevoix Elementary School and Charlevoix Middle High School pick-up schedule:
  • Tuesday, March 17 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 19 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, March 23 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • East Jordan The EJ Cafe is making to-go meals for families for the next two weeks. The meals provided will include two days of breakfasts and two days of lunches. If you are interested in these meals, you may pick them up in two different locations: the back door of the lunch room at the elementary school or at The Lighthouse Missionary Church on the corner of Rogers Bridge Road and M-66.
  • Here is the schedule for pickup:
  • • Tuesday, March 17: 11 a.m.-Noon
  • • Thursday, March 19: 11 a.m.-Noon
  • • Monday, March 23: 11 a.m.-Noon
  • • Wednesday, March 25: 11 a.m.-Noon
  • Ellsworth Has developed the plan outlined below to provide breakfast and lunch items to our all of PK-12 students. “Brunch Bags” will contain items such as PB&J, subs, cheese sticks, granola bars, juice, fruit and veggies as available, yogurt, etc. These emergency food bags will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for pickup from 10-11 a.m. in three locations in Ellsworth, Atwood and Central Lake during all three weeks of the shutdown. Delivery service is also available for those outside of the three appointed distribution points.
  • Harbor Springs Will be providing free bagged lunches to all children (one lunch per child) under the age of 18 during this extended school closure between Monday, March 16 and Thursday, March 26. Families do not have to be participants in the free and reduced school lunch program…all children may receive a free lunch during the school closure period. Because school buildings are closed to the public, there will be no “eat-in” options due to the Governor’s order for schools to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus. There is no need to pre-order, and parents/guardians do not have to be present in order for a child to receive a lunch. Older siblings, babysitters, grandparents, etc. may pick up lunches. We do need to ask for names for each bagged lunch given. Bagged lunches will be provided on a “pick-up” basis between 11:30 a.m. through 12:30p.m. at the following locations:
  • • Harbor Springs Middle School Drop-off/Pick-up Loop
  • • Parking lot of Stutsmanville Chapel (State St. and W. Stutsmanville Rd.)
  • • Cross Village General Store, 5948 W. Levering Rd. (north part of parking lot)
  • Pellston Will be distributing to-go lunches March 16-20 and March 23-26 at the following times/locations:
  • 11:00-11:15 – Brutus Town Hall
  • 11:30-11:45 – Van Store
  • 12:00-12:30 – Pellston Elementary Lobby
  • 12:00-12:15 – Levering Playground
  • 12:30-12:45 – Carp Lake Post Office
  • Delivery service is also available starting Tuesday, March 17. Please contact Mr. Seelye at 231-539-8421 ext. 10001 or email Mrs. Broman at sbroman@pellstonschools.org to sign up.
  • Petoskey has arranged for food to be provided to all students under the age of 18 during this extended school closure. The food that will be provided will be on a pick-up basis. There are no “eat in” options.
  • What: Drive or walk to one of the food locations to receive food from the school for children 18 and younger at no cost to you.
  • When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting March 16 and ending on April 3
  • High school pick up: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Other sites pick up hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Meals will be distributed at the following locations:
  • Petoskey High School, drive up near the cafeteria exit and someone will bring food out to you
  • Oden Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, 3377 Oden Road, main parking lot
  • Lowe’s, 2140 Anderson Road, main parking lot
  • Bayshore Estates – Townline Road, back entrance to trailer park in Bayshore
  • Walloon Lake Community Church, 4320 M-75N, parking lot

We will continue updating this list as we learn of new local help and resources due to the coronavirus crisis. If you know any businesses or organizations offering support to local families not listed, please email us the details at news@9and10news.com.

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