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
Paw Paw & Lawton
South Haven


Contact Us
181 W. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
(269) 427-7514
For residents of Bangor, Grand Junction, Bloomingdale, Breedsville.

Food Pantry
Thursdays 1-4 pm
201 South Walnut St. -- Bangor, MI 49013

Clothing Thrift Store
Fri 12:30-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm
245 W. Monroe -- Bangor, MI 49013
We Care In The Name of Christ - Bangor
(located in Church of Christ)
214 N. Walnut St. -- Bangor, MI 49013
(269) 427-9581
M-T-Th-F 9:30-Noon
Bloomingdale Christian Church
208 East Pine St. -- Bloomingdale, MI 49026
(269) 521-7666
Fridays by Appointment
Emergency food for Bloomingdale area residents.
WIC (Women, Infants, Children)

181 West Michigan Ave., Suite 5 -- Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 655-8900

308 Charles St. -- Bangor, MI 49013
(269) 427-7914
Provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and
Infants - age 5 at nutritional risk. Breastfeeding support services.
Información en español.
Decatur Human Services
Decatur and Hamilton township residents only.

Food Pantry -- Monday thru Friday 9am-Noon
102 S. Phelps - Decatur, MI 49045
(269) 423-6474
Emergency Food.
Some assistance with utilities, gasoline, medications.

Clothing Pantry -- Monday thru Wednesday 9am - Noon
207 E. Delaware - Decatur, MI 49045
(269) 423-9958
We Care In The Name of Christ - Covert/South Haven
(located in Peace Lutheran Church)
06321 Blue Star Highway -- South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-4342
M-F 9:30-Noon

Serves residents of Bangor, Covert and South Haven.
Proof of residency is required.
Gobles-Kendall Area Ministerial Association
210 E. Exchange St. -- Gobles, MI 49055
Contact Sheila Baker (269) 628-4882
Saturday 9-11am
Food Pantry & Commodities -- For residents north of M-43 in Bloomingdale, Gobles, and Kendall.
Bring photo ID and containers for food
Cooperating Ministries Food Pantry
425 East Main St. -- Hartford, MI 49057
(269) 621-4103
Thursday 4pm-7pm
Food Pantry for Keeler Township and Hartford residents.
Calvary Reformed Church
7829 South 5th Street - Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 375-6240
2nd Sat of Month 8:30am - Noon
New and/or gently used clothing size birth through adult 5X.
FREE to Mattawan area residents.
Eleanor's Pantry
221 Drew Street -- Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 415-0444
Open M & F 10am- 1pm and T-W-Th 3-6pm
Food and personal care items for
Paw Paw and Lawton residents only.
Lawrence United Methodist Church
122 South Exchange St. -- Lawrence, MI 49064
(269) 674-8381
Food Pantry: Open Every Day by Appointment
Walk-in Wednesdays 9:30am-Noon and 6-7pm
Free Community Lunch: Wednesday 9am-1pm
Free Community Dinner: Wednesday 6:00pm
Mattawan Area Pantry
23680 Front St. -- Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 348-5596
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 10am-Noon or by appointment
Food Pantry for Mattawan School District residents.
St. John Bosco Church
23830 Front Ave. -- Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 668-3312
Call for appointment
Emergency services and food assistance for Mattawan residents
We Care In The Name of Christ - Covert/South Haven
(located in Peace Lutheran Church)
06321 Blue Star Highway -- South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-4342
M-F 9:30-Noon

Serves residents of Bangor, Covert and South Haven.
Proof of residency is required.

Coordinates local church ministries and pantries to provide: food, clothing, personal care items not covered by Bridge Card, baby items (no car seats), furniture and household goods, and medical equipment.

Seasonal Heat Assistance and Holiday Assistance.
Handicapped Ramps.