All income-eligible residents of Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, and Woodhaven, plus active members of all partnering churches, are eligible to enroll at Fish & Loaves Community Pantry for free food assistance. Visits to the pantry are by advance appointment only. Call Fish & Loaves.
As a client-choice pantry, Fish & Loaves allows families and individuals to shop at our store-like facility at no cost. Families and individuals take only what they want and can use.
Fish & Loaves makes available a wide range of canned goods, refrigerated and frozen foods, dairy products, and seasonal produce.
Clients are served by appointment only.
Enrollment requires a picture ID with local address, proof of residency, number of household members, and annual income. Contact us for a confidential interview.
Families and individuals may make use of the pantry up to 6 times per year. Appointments are generally scheduled on an every other month basis.
Immediately after enrollment, you will be able to shop in the pantry store.
Advance Appointment Necessary to Enroll
Enrollment at Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry is by advance appointment only. Our staff will try to schedule enrollment appointments within 2-3 weeks of your first telephone call. To address any emergency needs prior to your enrollment interview, the name of the local emergency food pantries closest to your home can be provided.
What to Bring to Your Initial Enrollment Appointment
To enroll at Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, please bring the following to your initial appointment:
- Proof of residency in one of the seven communities our pantry serves. Picture I.D. is required, either a current driver’s license or State of Michigan I.D. card, plus a recent utility bill with your present household address.
- Proof of the number of adults and children presently in your household. For adults a copy of a current driver’s license is required; for each child, a copy of their birth certificate. Alternatively, a copy of your latest U.S. tax return with number of dependents indicated may be used to verify the presence of children in your household.
- Proof of household income for the previous month. Your most recent income tax return and/or monthly pay stub for yourself and other adult members of your household.
Keep Your Scheduling Card
When you first enroll with Fish & Loaves, you will receive a wallet-sized scheduling card recording your next appointment date. You are required to present the scheduling card at each appointment. If you do not have your card with you and your scheduled appointment cannot be verified by Fish & Loaves, you will not be able to shop in the pantry. Please let our volunteer staff know if you have lost your scheduling card and need a replacement.
Canceling and Rescheduling Appointments
If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please notify Fish & Loaves as soon as possible so that your appointment time can be offered to someone else and a new appointment can be scheduled for you. If you do not cancel a pantry appointment and fail to show up at your scheduled time, it may take up to two weeks to reschedule your appointment.
Mutual Courtesy and Respect Are Our Policy
All of our Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry volunteers are committed to providing service with courtesy and respect. We ask you to be courteous and respectful as well to pantry volunteers and fellow pantry clients.
How You Can Help
Our Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry is always seeking ways in which we can improve service to families and individuals. We welcome suggestions for improvements. Also, as a cooperative community project, Fish & Loaves welcomes pantry clients who may wish to volunteer in our office, warehouse, or store. Contact our volunteer line.