Affirmations has announced the expansion of its ‘Lettuce Help’ Food Program and will be offering a second pickup date in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m., those in need of food can stop by the center to pick up essentials in addition to the existing weekly Friday pickup period from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“For 31 years Affirmations has provided services to the LGBTQ community,” said Affirmations Executive Director Dave Garcia. “Despite the disruption of COVID-19, Affirmations has expanded services and we will continue to do everything we can to meet emerging needs.“
Those interested in obtaining boxes filled with a two-week supply of non-perishable foods and optional toiletries are instructed to pull up to the back of Affirmations for drop off of supplies into their cars by staff and volunteers. The program has been in operation for three months and has coordinated the donation of over 300 units of service to families across the tri-county area.
In partnership with Matrix Human Services and Unified, the Center will also be open to HIV testing by appointment only during both the Wednesday and Friday time frames. Affirmations will also continue to provide access to Instacart delivery orders of up to $75 each for those unable to travel.
Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) described his thoughts on the expansion.
“The ‘Lettuce Help’ program was created to provide essential goods to families in need during this very difficult time, no questions asked, and demonstrates the value that Affirmations provides to Michiganders of all backgrounds,” Moss said. “The center is also resuming its HIV testing, which was disrupted during the pandemic, during the same time slot as its food donation service thereby reimagining how to successfully operate and provide programming to vulnerable populations. This fills me with a lot of pride about what our community is capable of.”
Melanie Piana, mayor of Ferndale, added, “Affirmations has always been a critical partner caring for our LGBTQ Ferndale community members. In response to immense need during the pandemic, Affirmations continues to donate produce and non-perishable food to their most vulnerable members while taking care of their safety needs providing masks, sanitizer, sexual health and toiletry kits.”
Affirmations is located at 290 West Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. The Lettuce Help Food Program operates behind the center on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 248-398-7105. Visit goaffirmations.org for more information.