Fighting Hunger

Supporting Senior Citizens

Approximately 38,000 senior citizens in 42 metropolitan Detroit communities receive nutritional, supplemental food through Focus: HOPE each month. For many of our seniors, the box of food is their main source of nutritious food. At a time when they should be enjoying their golden years, many are barely able to pay living and medical expenses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture food supplements ensure that our older citizens get the assistance they need.

Food is distributed through four food centers to those who meet the income guidelines. To help with food selection, signs in the food centers are in three languages: English, Spanish and Arabic. Home deliveries are made to homebound seniors by volunteers from schools, churches, local businesses and organizations.  Learn how to volunteer

Are you eligible?
If you have questions regarding your eligibility, call 313.494.4600.
To determine if you are eligible for food assistance and how to apply, click on the link below: 
Food Program Eligibility


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement: 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866.632.9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Dated October 14, 2015

OUR PARTNERS


DTE Energy has a Community Energy Solutions office in the Westside Food Center to help individuals who require assistance with their utility bill.
 
Forgotten Harvest regularly brings fresh food collected from grocery stores to Focus: HOPE for distribution.
 
Garden City Hospital’s Health Coach visits the Inkster Food Center on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am–11:30am. They provide wound evaluations, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and hearing screenings.
 
Accounting Aid Society volunteers provided tax preparation services to thousands of low income families and individuals each year.