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Pop-up food pantry gives out 400 emergency boxes of food to vulnerable seniors

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Macomb County seniors in need of food stopped by a pop-up food pantry Monday as the Area Agency on Aging passed out 400 emergency food boxes, also called "Quarantine Boxes."

The boxes are part of an effort by the the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services along with the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Gleaner’s Community Food Bank to distribute 10,000 boxes to 16 Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state. AAA 1-B received more than 2,200.

Area Agency on Aging 1B staff and volunteers load boxes of food into seniors' cars at a pop-up pantry in Warren, April 27, 2020.

“Many seniors and their families are now feeling much more secure thanks to the emergency food boxes,” says Michael Karson, AAA 1-B president and CEO. “We want to make sure they don’t have to risk going to the grocery store for basics during this crisis.”

Area Agency on Aging 1B staff and volunteers load boxes of food into seniors' cars at a pop-up pantry in Warren, April 27, 2020.

The boxes contained 33 items, including canned goods, rice, pasta and peanut butter. It also included recipe ideas to create 22 meals.

Matt Hertz, with Service Towing, helps Area Agency on Aging 1B staff load boxes of food into seniors' cars at a pop-up pantry in Warren, April 27, 2020.

mfeighan@detroitnews.com