Coronavirus Information

Food Assistance

Additional food assistance for 350,000 Michigan families approved in response to COVID-19 emergency; SNAP work requirements also temporarily waived:,9753,7-406-98163-523398--,00.html 55% of families receiving SNAP payments will now receive more, and the work requirement has been dropped.

MDE to Request Federal Waivers for Child Nutrition, Emergency Food Assistance & Commodity Supplemental Food Programs:,9753,7-406-98158-522008--,00.html (unsure whether these waivers have been granted but it affects TEFAP and CSFP).


Benefits Extended to Self-Employed, Low-Wage, and Other Workers Affected by COVID-19:,9753,7-406-98158-523450--,00.html Under the CARES Act, individuals who are not already eligible for Michigan’s unemployment programs will now be provided a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months on top of the state benefit. Benefits are available for up to 39 weeks. These newly eligible individuals include self-employed workers, independent contractors, low-wage workers and those with a limited work history. (Plus info about the additional $600 payment to those traditionally eligible for unemployment, new filing schedules, etc.)

Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers:,9753,7-406-98158-521770--,00.html Expansion of who is eligible (including those who have to be home to care for others), length of benefits extended, extension of time to file from 14 to 28 days, etc. Says Governor Whitmer is "seeking solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance." — the extension of unemployment to these workers is mandated by the Federal CARES Act of March 27th.

How to apply for unemployment benefits in Michigan amid coronavirus crisis: Up-to-date information on unemployment.

UIA Offers Update on Unemployment System:,9753,7-406-98158-522916--,00.html

New unemployment filing schedule to help Michiganders apply for benefits:,9753,7-406-98163-523365--,00.html Schedule of when to apply depending on last name.


What Families & Individuals Should Know About The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill: A one-page fact sheet put together by Fred Upton's office, with detail about newly expanded unemployment benefits. Also has some detail about the $1,200 per person (plus $500 per child) to be distributed in the next two to three weeks to people who filed income taxes for 2018 or 2019 (it's unclear how to access this stimulus if you did not file in 2018 or 2019).

MDHHS closes lobbies except for appointments; suspends rules requiring office visits:,9753,7-406-98158-522020--,00.html

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Evictions:,9753,7-406-98158-522510--,00.html.

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis: Miscellaneous information, not comprehensive but perhaps useful.

Fundraising Events

Soup Suppers

Soup Suppers are held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 500 W. St. Marys Street in Decatur. The cost is $5 per person for all you can eat, and children 10 and under eat free! The dining room opens at 4:00 and remains open until 5:30.

Please note that in view of the Coronavirus, Soup Suppers for March 6th and March 20th have been cancelled. As we get closer to April, we will re-evaluate the situation. Watch this space for further details.

2019     September  20th   VFW Auxiliary
18thFirst Reformed Church & Victory Missionary Baptist
November1stFirst Baptist Church of Decatur
15thHonor Society & Decatur Public Schools
2020January 24thModern Woodman & James Ross Reeder Memorial
February7thPositively Dance
21stDecatur Bible Church
March6thEmmanuel Church of God in Christ
20thFirst Church of God
April3rdFirst Presbyterian Church of Decatur
17thHoly Family Catholic Church

Fifteen organizations help with our fundraising by providing soup, chili, and desserts for our Soup Suppers, which are held every two weeks except in summer.

Thank You! to all of the organizations who support this very important fundraiser for us, and special thanks to Holy Family Catholic Church who in addition to sponsoring a supper have allowed us to hold the Soup Suppers at the Church throughout the year.

Independence Day Chicken Dinner

After the 4th of July parade in Decatur we sponsor a homemade chicken dinner prepared by our volunteers. Desserts for the dinner are donated by various people. They have been well attended, and although they are a lot of work, it is worth the effort.