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  An emergency food bank has been established in Madison Heights for the coronavirus outbreak, and among the volunteers are Amanda Stein and her daughter Samantha, 10, as well as Vita Palazzolo, Eve Sandoval, Cheryl Murray and Madison Heights City Councilwoman Kymm Clark, seen here March 18 at the Huffman Park shelter building, where the pantry is located.

An emergency food bank has been established in Madison Heights for the coronavirus outbreak, and among the volunteers are Amanda Stein and her daughter Samantha, 10, as well as Vita Palazzolo, Eve Sandoval, Cheryl Murray and Madison Heights City Councilwoman Kymm Clark, seen here March 18 at the Huffman Park shelter building, where the pantry is located.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Volunteers rally in Madison Heights to help those in need

Food, cleaning supplies, toiletry donations sought

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published March 19, 2020

 Many nonperishable food items, toiletry supplies and other essentials have already been collected and will be distributed to anyone who needs them during the coronavirus health crisis.

Many nonperishable food items, toiletry supplies and other essentials have already been collected and will be distributed to anyone who needs them during the coronavirus health crisis.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

MADISON HEIGHTS — As people self-quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus, volunteer groups in Madison Heights are banding together to make sure that the most vulnerable populations are not forgotten.

The effort is being mobilized by two grassroots Facebook groups: the Madison Heights Emergency Food Pantry and the #oneatatime Community Response Team. Together, they have created an emergency pantry for which they are collecting donations of needed supplies.

The two groups are also coordinating volunteer efforts to safely distribute these supplies. The idea is to help get people through the current health crisis, but also to continue providing this service afterward as a more permanent resource for residents.

Among the items being collected are nonperishable food items (boxed, bagged and canned); cleaning supplies and paper products, including bleach, paper towels and toilet paper; and hygiene items and toiletries including cleansers, soaps, shampoos and sanitary items.

Residents can also make donations by purchasing contributions off the Amazon Wish List, found at bit.ly/2WfNNMm. These items will be shipped directly to the pantry.

The city of Madison Heights has put its support behind the effort, donating the shelter at Huffman Park to store pantry items for processing, pickup and delivery. Huffman Park is located at 400 W. Cowan Ave., north of East Lincoln Avenue, on the west side of John R Road.

Drop-off hours for donations there are every Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. and every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

Donations are also being collected elsewhere. Central Church, located at 1529 E. 12 Mile Road, has installed a drop-off box outside its west entrance for donations. Clark’s Fabrication and Design, located at 1444 E. 11 Mile Road, has a drop-off box outside its east entrance, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week.

Those in need can pick up items from Huffman Park from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Residents can also request that the items be delivered to them.

To get your name and needs on the list for care packages, visit www.oneatatimemh.com to be added to the database. A volunteer will then contact you to confirm the details of your order. You can also call (248) 733-3963 or email oneatatimemh@gmail.com.

Madison Heights City Councilwoman Kymm Clark is the co-owner of Clark’s Fabrication and Design and one of the driving forces behind the #oneatatime Community Response Team, which was originally conceived as a way to assist the city’s homeless population.

“Our goal is to set an overwhelming example, hit it hard and be as loud and proud as we can, because we really want to set the tone that our residents will be taken care of,” Clark said. “This crisis is the scariest thing for many people — no one really knows what’s going to happen — but I think that when people feel like they are going to be taken care of, they will be better able to problem-solve. And so we want to help bring a sense of calm to our residents and show them we have so many people that want to help.”

Clark marveled at the speed with which the effort came together, with three groups working on the project within just 24 hours of its start the weekend of March 14.

A third volunteer group is the newly formed Facebook group Victory Gardens, which will teach members how to start indoor gardens in preparation for warm weather by posting tips, videos and instructions for gardening that will help people be self-sufficient as they bunker down at home.

Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis commended Clark and the other volunteers for their efforts to help the most vulnerable. He said that he is especially concerned about the seniors, some of whom are homebound, and all of whom are being encouraged to self-quarantine and stay at home due to being at greater risk.

“I really got to thinking about this when I thought about my mom, who is 75. We need to meet these seniors where they are at, in a safe way that won’t get them infected, and get them the supplies that they need,” Soltis said. “Also, more than likely the preschools are not open, and some single moms may be possibly laid off (from) work because of this coronavirus, so we as a city really need to prioritize them as well in this time of need, and help supply baby necessities.”

Soltis encouraged any seniors or parents with needs or concerns to call him directly at (248) 219-6381. He will then help make arrangements with the volunteers to see what can be done.