Our Town Meal Distribution


About Our Town Meal Distribution

It’s no secret that 2020 has been an especially difficult year for many, from health scares to economic instability, and the loss of countless loved ones. But in the face of hardship one thing has stood true, this community cares for its neighbors and works hard to ensure mutual success.

As we look to the future and begin to see hope on the horizon for an end to this pandemic, it is critical that we continue to band together to care for those in need. Together, we will ensure 2021 is a brighter year for our hometown. 

The Our Town Meal Distribution program, a partnership between the City of Jackson and Consumers Energy, was born out of that spirit of care. With funding from Consumers Energy and several other generous sponsors, we will distribute pre-prepared/pre-packaged meals to families in need across our hometown, all while financially supporting our locally-owned restaurants with a guaranteed stream of orders for several weeks. 

How the Program Works 

The goal of this program is to distribute pre-prepared/pre-packaged meals to Jackson families in need, while supporting our restaurants with pre-determined sales. Based on current funding levels, the program will run for 10 weeks beginning Feb. 1, and will be divided into two five-week periods (6-10 restaurants will be selected to participate in each period). The program could be extended if additional funds are secured. 

Restaurants will be paid $10 for each meal provided. All locally owned Jackson County restaurants and catering facilities are invited to apply online and directly submit applications through the City website. A PDF file of the application is available for download. 

Rules and regulations are included in applications. All applications must be submitted through the City website or emailed to restaurantprogram@cityofjackson.org by Friday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m to qualify for the first round. Participating restaurants for the first round will be announced on Jan. 15. 

How to Help

Monetary donations are accepted through the Jackson Community Foundation. Donate online through the Community Foundation website.  Checks may be mailed to the Jackson Community Foundation, 100 S. Jackson St. Suite 206B, Jackson, MI 49201. When donating online of by check, indicate you are giving to the Dream Maker Fund/Restaurant Initiative. Supporting local restaurants by getting take-out is also another way to show support. 

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  1. 161 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201

    (517) 768 – 6410