Statewide, Local Efforts to Provide Food Banks Resources During COVID-19

By |2020-09-09T14:02:58-04:00April 10th, 2020|COVID-19, Michigan, News, Statewide COVID-19 News|

Michigan National Guard helps out at food banks across the state

The Michigan National Guard has offered its support to food banks across Michigan. A total of 10 airmen from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Charter Township will serve at Forgotten Harvest Food Bank in Royal Oak.

“This is an example of how the men and women of the Michigan National Guard are helping their communities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “They are assisting Michiganders all across this state in response to COVID-19 and I am very proud of their professionalism and commitment.”

The Michigan National Guard members will serve at the Royal Oak location throughout the month of April. Guardsmen are already helping out at food banks in Ann Arbor, Comstock Park, Flint and Pontiac. Guard members are screened for symptoms of the coronavirus and perform their duties with personal protective equipment.

Nearly 450 Michigan National Guard members have been called to active service to aid Michigan’s response since March 18. Across nine counties, members of the Guard are helping local communities and state agencies with logistics support for medical equipment, medical screening, planning and construction of alternate care facilities. Another 6,600 Michigan Guard members are ready to assist if needed.

“The Michigan National Guard strives to be part of the fabric of every Michigan community,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Members of the Michigan National Guard live in every county of this state, and we care deeply about supporting our communities as we all respond to COVID-19.”


Detroit Lions player, coach donate to local food banks

Detroit Lions offensive lineman Frank Ragnow is making donations to three charities helping those affected by COVID-19, including $10,000 to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Ragnow is also making donations to charities in Arkansas and Minnesota.

“Minnesota, where I grew up, which raised me, my home forever,” Ragnow explained to the Detroit Free Press. “Arkansas completely shaped me. A lot happened right there. Took me under their wing when I lived through some tough times and some great times. And Michigan, Detroit, a place that’s completely embraced me and did nothing but support me. Three amazing communities that have completely impacted me in a way that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express and be able to give back how I feel they’ve impacted me, so I just thought the least I could do is help people out.”

Meanwhile, Detroit Lions running backs coach Kyle Caskey and his wife Kayla held a virtual food drive for Gleaners. The drive, which had a goal of $20,000, has raised about $15,000 so far.

“We’re living through some unprecedented times right now and there’s some families out there that are dealing with the threat of unemployment and some children that maybe aren’t receiving the meals that they usually would when they’re in school,” Caskey said in a video posted to Twitter. “Kayla and I have partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank to create a virtual food drive, since most of us can’t leave our houses right now.”


How to get food

Those in need of food can call 211 to be connected to an emergency food assistance program. Two of the most popular food bank services across the state include Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners.


About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael joined Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. He has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author for his authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," released on his own JAM Books imprint.