Essential services still available to families in need

Editor's note: During the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, due the coronavirus pandemic, many community service organizations are continuing to assist families in need.

The following is a list of organizations available to those who need assistance. If you have information you would like to share on this list, or if any of the information is incorrect, please contact the associate editor at or the staff reporter at

Food assistance:

• The RCAMA Food Pantry at 831 S. Chestnut St., Reed City, is open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., every Tuesday, for pick up of pre-packaged groceries. Packages include meats, eggs, margarine, bread, paper products and soap products, as well as other essential items as available. Everyone is welcome.

• The Bread of Life Food Pantry in Baldwin is opened from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays. For more information, call (231) 745-7997.

• Manna Pantry is open from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 315 State St., Big Rapids. For more information, call (231) 743-5559.

• Project Starburst is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the United Church of Big Rapids, 120 S. State Street.

They serve Mecosta and Osceola county families. For more information, call (231) 796-5342 or visit

• The Osceola County Commission on Aging is offering meal delivery and curbside pickup for seniors. For more information call (231) 743-5559.

• If you need assistance finding food, paying bills, or other essential services, go to or call 211 to speak with a community resource specialist in your area.

• Community connections is a free program offering connections to community resources for adults, children and families. Call District Health No. 10 at (800) 217-3904.