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SMCAA opens registration for Holiday Food Sharing Program

Don Campbell

Dec 14, 2023

Benton Harbor, Whirlpool contribute to food box giveaway

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

According to a news release, the Holiday Food Sharing Program collects and distributes about 400 food boxes and turkeys to Benton Harbor, Benton Township and St. Joseph families each year. Since the program’s creation 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, in the release. “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 E. Main St., Suite 303, Benton Harbor

United Way of Southwest Michigan: 2015 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph

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

Benton Harbor City Hall: 200 E. Wall St., Benton Harbor

St. Joseph City Hall: 700 Broad St., St. Joseph

Benton Township Hall: 1725 Territorial Road, Benton Township

Michigan Works: 401 8th St., Benton Harbor

The Salvation Army: 233 Michigan St., Benton Harbor

Applications should be submitted:

In person at the SMCAA Main Office – 185 E. Main St., Suite 303, Benton Harbor

By email at

By phone at 269-925-9077, ext. 874

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