Helping Hands of Eaton County is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit food pantry operated almost entirely by volunteers. Our goal is to honor and serve our Lord by seeking to be His hands extended.  We do this by providing a 7-day supply of groceries and personal care items free of charge to those in need in our community, regardless of their religious belief or lack thereof.  We further seek to express our faith by exhibiting compassion and encouragement through prayer when requested. We offer referrals to other local resources available for various needs, with dignity and empathy.

Clients of Helping Hands are subject to low-income guidelines and residency requirements. They are required to sign a statement attesting to their need and the accuracy of the information given us.

In addition to these efforts, we also provide food assistance to Crosswalk Teen Center and the local free Community Dinners. We have started monthly free produce and baked goods donations to low income/senior housing units here in Charlotte.

Helping Hands was formed in 1982 as a joint effort of several churches in Charlotte to supplement economically challenged residents with food assistance.  Our Board of Directors comes from multi-denominational backgrounds and feel led to labor together for the Kingdom of God without individual agendas.

By 2017 Helping Hands had grown to provide more than 500,000 lbs of food and personal care items annually, free of charge, to people in need in the Charlotte, Vermontville, and Sunfield areas. (That’s approximately 400,000 meals!) We served more than 5,300 households in 2017.

Helping Hands is entirely supported by donations from individuals and businesses within our community.  We simply could not do what we do without the faithfulness and generosity of caring people.  The need is always present, as it seems everyone takes a turn going through a tough time! We hope you will consider partnering with us to serve those in need within our community by donating to Helping Hands.

Want more information about what we do and how you can help?  Check out these articles from the Lansing State Journal and the County Journal.