With all TCOA Congregate Senior Dining sites are currently closed due to the risk of spreading COVID-19 through large group gatherings, individuals age 60 and over and their caregivers are eligible to participate in a food pick up opportunity at locations across the region in all three counties. Pickups will include packs of 7 frozen meals with fruit, bread and milk. Meal pick up must be arranged in advance by calling Tasha Stetler at 517-887-1393 to schedule a pickup appointment. Callers will be asked to give their name, phone number, address and birthdate. The only qualification is to be over 60 years of age or providing primary care for someone age 60+. Please make sure you have a way to heat the meals, microwave is preferred. Special arrangements may be available to those that cannot heat the food, and for those unable to get to a pick up location. Here are the identified locations by county TCOA Central Kitchen-5303 S Cedar St, Bldg 1, Lansing Alfreda Schmidt Southside Community Center-5825 Wise Rd Lansing Letts Community Center- 1220 W Kalamazoo Lansing East Lansing Hannah Center- 819 Abbott Rd East Lansing Haslett Grange Acres Community Room Parking- Lot 6101 Marsh Rd Haslett Holt: Sam Corey Senior Center, 2108 Cedar St. Mason First Church of the Nazarene- 415 E Maple St, Mason Meridian Senior Center at Chippewa MS- 4000 N Okemos Rd Okemos Williamston Senior Center -201 School St Stockbridge Township Hall- 125 S. Clinton St. Eaton County Charlotte-Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church, 210 E. Lawrence Ave. Delta Township Enrichment Center- 4538 Elizabeth Rd, Lansing Grand Ledge City Hall- 310 Greenwood, Grand Ledge Sunfield Village Community Room- 186 Main St, Sunfield DeWitt – St. Jude Catholic Church 801 N Bridge St, DeWitt Ovid- United Church of Ovid- 131 Front St, Ovid St. Johns Senior Center- 201 E Walke, St Johns
If you would like to be a phone pal or email pal to a local senior citizen, please volunteer with the Tri-County Office of Services to the Aging. The first step to volunteering is to register as a volunteer at http://www.tcoa.org/volunteer. They will process applications and reach out to people as quickly as they can
National Council on Aging
Where to Get Food Help NowAffording healthy food is a challenge for many older Americans, but the spread of COVID-19 has made matters worse. Whether you’re facing difficult financial times or are unable to leave your home, there are resources that may be able to help.
Meals on Wheels With a network of over 5,000 programs, Meals on Wheels is offered in nearly every community in America. Meals on Wheels volunteers are committed to continuing delivery of nutritious food to homebound older adults and ensuring their health and social well-being.
Food Banks Feeding America operates over 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries across the United States, each serving a large area. Many food banks are adapting the way they serve their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic to follow physical distancing guidelines, such as setting up smaller community drop-off points.
SNAP/Food Stamps The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people to afford food at over 250,000 participating grocery stores and shops across the country. While you must have limited income to get SNAP, many older adults and persons with disabilities can deduct medical expenses above $35/month to help get SNAP and increase the amount of monthly SNAP benefits.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) This program provides food and nutrition help at no cost. If you meet the program guidelines, you can pick up the food from your local food pantries or soup kitchens. The types of food you can get are different depending on where you live, but usually include a lot of shelf-stable items such as pasta, dried beans, canned fruits and vegetables, and soups. To find out how to apply for the program, please contact your State Agency. They can let you know if you meet the program guidelines and where you can get the food.
Do you need to book a ride? CATA will suspend all service on routes 1-48 beginning Monday, March 23. If you require transportation for critically essential, medical or work-related trips, please call 517-394-2282 to reserve your ride.
(Monday-Friday) -Call hours: 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Service hours: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(Saturday) -Call hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(Sunday) - Call hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.cata.org/About/News/riding-cata-during-covid-19
Census Day is Here - Make it Count! Please pledge to complete the #2020Census today and #becounted! Tag your friends and challenge them to take the pledge too. For more information about the Census and where to get a questionnaire if needed, visit http://meridian.mi.us/Census2020
Shape Your Community, Be Counted! In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting its decennial census - a constitutionally mandated headcount of everyone living in the United States. An accurate Census count is vitally important for local communities.Residents can choose to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. More details here.
Responding to the Census is not only an individual's civic duty, it also affects how much federal funding local communities receive to support housing, education, transportation, employment, healthcare and more.Anyone residing in Meridian Township on April 1, 2020 should be counted in Meridian Township, whether they are a year-round resident, college student or international community member (regardless of citizenship status). It's important to count children (including toddlers and newborns) too.
It's also important to note that Census forms are 100 percent confidential; strict federal law protects Census responses.
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