Hawks’ Nest

The Hawks’ Nest provides non-perishable food and personal items to hundreds of hungry students. We are here for you!
For those who are able, please help us help students in need.

The Hawks’ Nest provides supplemental food assistance to Henry Ford College students. We also have information about other resources available in the community. The Hawks' Nest is open during Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters.

Please consider a donation to help keep the Hawks' Nest food pantry stocked!

Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.

Hours during Summer Semester:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Email hawksnest@hawkmail.hfcc.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Thank You, Donors!

Thanks to our generous donors, since the Hawks' Nest opened, we've been an active presence:

  • 700+ students helped
  • 20,000 pounds of food donated
  • 3,700 personal care items donated
  • 400 reusable bags donated

Students: How you can receive help

If you need food assistance, please visit the Hawks' Nest in the ASCC building. The Hawks' Nest works on the honor system; you are not required to document need. If you are a first-time visitor, please bring with you:

  • Your HFC student ID card
  • A copy of your current semester academic schedule (must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the current semester). This can be on paper, or your mobile device.

Once you fill out an intake form, you will be registered for the academic year and will get a membership card that you can use to get food and supplies up to once a week (maximum four times per month).

Donors: How you can help students

We rely on your donations to run the Hawks' Nest! All donations go directly to help students. Please consider making a personal donation of food or funds, or hosting a food drive and donating the proceeds to the Hawks' Nest.

We need:

  • nonperishable food items (we cannot accept expired food items)
  • toiletries
  • reusable canvas bags

Donation drives on campus take place during the fall and winter semesters. You can also drop off anytime during the Hawks' Nest normal business hours or contact us by phone or email to arrange a pickup. See more details about what the Hawks' Nest needs and how to donate.

Local Pantry Resources

These are general community resources. Some information may not be up to date. Please call ahead before visiting.

Aunt Bertha
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.

Gleaners Community Food Bank
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak Gleaners has expanded food distribution locations across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. Visit their website for a map to find the food distribution location closest to you.

Food Pantry Locator

CALL 2-1-1
To speak to an operator for emergency food assistance, call 2-1-1. If you are unable to reach Michigan 2-1-1 by dialing directly, call the statewide toll-free number: 1-844-875-9211.

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