Free Virtual Program on Dec. 9 for Michiganders Struggling with Food Costs!

Free Virtual Program on Dec. 9 for Michiganders Struggling with Food Costs!

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Food and Finances: Free Virtual Program on Dec. 9 for Michiganders Struggling with Food Costs this Holiday Season.

Families struggling to cope with the sharp increase in grocery bills this year, but still wanting to enjoy festive holiday meals with their family and friends, are invited to a free program offered by Gesher Human Services, one of the largest human service agencies in metro Detroit.

Financial Friday: Food and Finances will be held on Zoom on Dec. 9 from 1-1:30 p.m. The program is being offered because the average cost of food has increased 10.5 to 13 percent in the last six months, according to Laltsha Cunningham, Financial Capability Manager at Gesher Human Services, leaving many families facing economic hardship.

“For families who make too much money to qualify for food assistance, but who don’t make enough money to cope with the rising costs, the pain is real,” said Cunningham. “We are offering our workshop to help families navigate their expenses at the grocery store more effectively. With Christmas and Chanukah coming up, there is a huge focus on food, and we want to help people stay within their budget while enjoying the season.”

Some of the topics which will be discussed include:

· Downloading food apps to find lower food prices in stores

· Sticking to a list at the store – planning what you are going to make before heading to the store

· Food storage – when it makes sense to buy in bulk and how to avoid spoilage by appropriate storage

· Return to couponing: clipping coupons and using digital coupons on apps

· Trying different stores which might have lower cost options

· Exploring store brands

· When you do dine out, look for Groupons and other discounts

Participants can register for the program by going to the events page at, or by clicking here.  Those needing financial counseling can also email or call 248.233.4299.

About Gesher Human Services

Gesher Human Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people across metro Detroit lead more stable and fulfilling lives through career mobility, behavioral health programs and residential services that support our community by strengthening the individual.

Uniting two of metro Detroit’s most influential Jewish human services agencies, JVS Human Services and Kadima, Gesher brings over 110 years of combined experience facilitating equitable employment opportunities and better mental health outcomes for residents.

With a network of more than 400 employees and volunteers across 25 locations in southeast Michigan, Gesher delivers a continuum of services and support that directly impacts the lives of over 12,000 individuals and families annually.


Cynthia Tait

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