SMCAA, City of Benton Harbor, Whirlpool and PGA of America launch food program

Published 2:41 pm Monday, December 18, 2023

BENTON HARBOR — For the eighth year in a row, the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA) is launching its Holiday Food Sharing Program, sponsored by the City of Benton Harbor, Whirlpool Corporation and the PGA of America.

Together, these organizations are working to help those in need this holiday season.

The Holiday Food Sharing Program collects and distributes approximately 400 food boxes and turkeys to Benton Harbor, Benton Township and St. Joseph residents and families each year. Since the program’s founding in 2015, the SMCAA has helped more than 2,800 families in the area.

“With Benton Harbor being home to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, this community is deeply important to us,” said Brandon Haney, championship director for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. “Delivering meals to local families in need is just one small way we give back and show our appreciation during the holiday season.”

Families may apply to be recipients of the Food Sharing Program now through Dec. 18. Applications may be picked up at several local organizations, including:

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency: 185 East Main St., S303, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

• United Way: 2015 Lakeview Ave., Saint Joseph, MI 49085

• The Department of Health and Human Services: 401 8th St., Benton Harbor, MI. 49023

• Benton Harbor City Hall: 200 E. Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

• City of St, Joseph: 700 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI 49085

• Benton Charter Township: 1725 Territorial Road Benton Harbor, MI 49022

• Michigan Works: 401 8th St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

• The Salvation Army: 233 Michigan St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Applications should be submitted:

In person: SMCAA Main Office – 185 E. Main St., Suite 303, Benton Harbor, MI 49085

By email: contact@smcaa.com

By phone: (269) 925-9077 ext. 874

Applicants will receive immediate notification of eligibility and, if eligible, pick-up instructions for the day of the event. Food boxes and turkeys will be distributed to families on Thursday, Dec. 21, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

“It is a privilege for us to give back to our local community each year,” said Deb O’Connor, director of corporate reputation and community relations at Whirlpool Corporation. “The annual Holiday Food Sharing Program has become an important tradition for us, and a wonderful experience bringing cheer to families in our community this holiday season.”

“This annual program is an example of the strength and closeness of our community,” added Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad says. “We are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors and local volunteers who give back to families and residents across all three of our communities year after year.”