Fighting Hunger

Program supplies nutritious food to seniors

Food shouldn't be a luxury item. Yet it is for many struggling to survive on low incomes. Each month, we distribute nutritionally-balanced foods to 38,000 senior citizens. Since 1971, we have assisted more than 21.7 million people by providing commodity foods that are equivalent to an excess of 501 million meals.

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. Occasionally, there are food demonstrations to show recipients how to prepare a variety of dishes with the commodities.

Are you eligible?

To determine if you are eligible for food assistance and how to apply, click on the appropriate link below:

Senior Citizens, age 60 and older

If you have questions regarding your availability, call 313.494.4600.

Non-discrimination Policy
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.


Special services for Program Participants

Focus: HOPE works with other sources to provide many health and information services to food program participants. Last year, free flu shots were given to more than 300 participants, eye exams were administered to 165 people, and DTE Energy set up an office in the Westside Food Center to help people receive assistance before their heat was shut off. In addition, Forgotten Harvest regularly brings fresh food collected from grocery stores to Focus: HOPE for distribution. Last year, more than 2 million pounds of fresh food was distributed through our food centers. And 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.

Tax Form assistance resulted in $1.96 million in refunds

Volunteers from the Accounting Aid Society provided tax preparation services to 2,003 low income families and individuals this year. As a result, they received $1,959,855 in tax refunds—money which will be spent locally and no doubt stimulate our economy. The volunteers have provided tax form assistance to 16,740 people since 2004, resulting in $15,736,280 in refunds to local residents.