State of Michigan Launches HelpingHand Website

Last weekGovernor Granholm and the State of Michigan launched a website to better serveresidents applying for unemployment benefits, food assistance and other help.

According to the Detroit News:

“The so-called"helping hand" portal, at, will enable people to look intojob training, unemployment benefits, health care and other services by clickingicons.

The site for thefirst time will allow residents to apply online for food stamps. The site alsoallows users to determine if they are eligible for Medicaid health carecoverage and other assistance. Cash assistance applications still areface-to-face. “

The increase of applications caused byeconomic factors has led to the creation of more online resources for residentsin need. The site provides information on five categories, including: Jobs& Training, Unemployment Benefits, Health Care, Family Support, and HousingHelp.

Please share the word about this new resourceand let others know about the services now available online.


Van Buren County Food Pantry Listing
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
201 South Walnut St.
Bangor, MI 49013
(269) 427-7514
Food pantry available Thursday 1-4 pm. Clothing available at thrift shop downtown Friday afternoon and on Saturday. Must be residents of Bangor, Grand Junction, Bloomingdale, Breedsville area.
Christian Church
208 East Pine St.
Bloomingdale, MI 49026
(269) 521-4233
Emergency food available for Bloomingdale area residents.
By appt. Call 269-251-0256 or church office on Monday.
Decatur Human Services
Food Pantry
102 S Phelps
Decatur, MI 49045
(269) 423-6474
Monday thru Friday from 9 am12 pm
Decatur and Hamilton township residents only.
Lily of the Valley Church
M-140 Hwy
Covert, MI 49043
(269) 764-8111
Tue & Thur 12 -2 or referral by WeCare
Covert Residents only
GKAMA Food Pantry
Located at Gobles United Methodist Church
210 E. Exchange St.
Gobles, MI 49055
(269) 628-4882
Saturday 9-11, serving Gobles, Kendall,
Breedsville & Grand Junction
Hartford United Methodist Church
425 East Main St.
Hartford, MI 49057
(269) 621-4103
Food pantry available Saturday from 9 am-12 pm once per month to Hartford and Keeler Township residents.
Seventh Day Adventist Church
57825 65 1/2 St.
Hartford, MI 49057
(269) 621-4700
Lawrence United Methodist Church
122 South Exchange St.
Lawrence, MI 49064
(269) 674-8381
Emergency food available Wednesday from 9:30 am-12 pm. Lawrence Residents only
Mattawan Area Pantry
23680 Front Street
Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 348-5596
1st & 3rd Sat
10am -12 noon
Eleanor's Pantry
221 Drew Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 415-0444
Serving Paw Paw and Lawton residents.
Open M & F 10am to 1pm and T, W, Th 3pm to 6pm
First Congregational Church UCC
651 Phoenix St.
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-3804
Food bank available with referral from We Care
M-F 10-12
Paw Paw & Lawton
South Haven
Lion's Club
Decatur Community Building
Monday - Friday 12 - 5
Or call Susie Sively 269-364-5044
St. John the Bosco
23830 Front Street
Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 668-3312
M-F 8:30 - 3
call church first to arrange time


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Paw Paw, MI 49079