Best Food Forward

Best Food Forward (BFF) is a collaborative and holistic approach to food security. By providing healthy food and nutrition education for schools and families at four schools in the Dearborn area:

  • Salina Elementary School
  • Salina Intermediate School
  • Woodworth Middle School
  • McDonald Elementary
  • Oakman Elementary

Good nutrition is basic to good health and improves outcomes for students and families.

BFF Mobile Pantries:

The monthly truckloads of healthy and delicious foods occur at schools. Families are provided with food like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain items, protein, milk, and other shelf-stable grocery items.

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Dearborn School Mobiles

Neighborhood Community Mobiles:

Community food pantries are places where families can get free groceries. Contact one of the resources in our Best Food Forward community for more information:

Woodside Bible Church – Warren Campus
Operates a community food pantry, thrift store, and laundromat.
27300 Hoover Rd, Warren 48093
(586) 571-1985

Liberty Family Outreach
Operates a mobile food pantry.
3800 E Eleven Mile Rd, Warren 48901
(586) 754-2400

Holy Cross Lutheran
Provides emergency food assistance to families.
30003 Ryan Rd, Warren 48901
(586) 751-2517

Macomb Food Program
Provides information and referral to emergency food resources in the community.
(586) 469-6004

Community Mobiles

Link 2 Feed

Link 2 Feed is an online system that will enable faster check-in and social distancing at mobile pantries.

Register for Link 2 Feed online here

Once you register you will receive a client service number, save this number by writing it down or taking a screenshot on your phone. Present this number at the next mobile you attend to receive a client services card. The client services can be used for check-in at each mobile pantry distribution.

If you are unable to complete the Link 2 Feed registration online you can request a paper registration form at the next mobile distribution you attend.

Cooking Matters:

Would you like to create healthy meals on a budget that your family will enjoy? Participants receive groceries and a handbook with recipes and tips for stretching their food budgets. The series is six weeks for two hours.

Cooking Matters at the Store:

Cooking Matters at the Store for Adults is a guided grocery store tour that teaches low-income adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars. During the 1.5 hour tour, participants are empowered with four key food skills:

1. Reading food labels
2. Comparing unit prices
3. Finding whole grain foods
4. Identifying three ways to purchase produce


Take the stress out of mealtime with FEAST. Parents of very young children can learn how to manage picky eaters and mealtime tantrums while promoting positive eating habits. 

Get Involved

Would you like to volunteer or participate in the Parent Advisory Committee? PAC members help support healthy food access and habits in the homes of Dearborn School families and students by developing new programs and improving the ones that we have. If you care about providing healthy food for kids and families, and have time to volunteer, you can inquire about the PAC. 

If you or your student are interested in participating in any of the BFF activities listed here and have questions, contact "Fritz" (Elizabeth Fritz-Cottle) at for more information.

Learn at Home

Are you curious about the amount of sugar in your favorite drinks? Or how whole grains behave differently in our bodies? Try one of these activities at home with what you can find in the pantry (English and Spanish).

Partnership with Wayne State University 

More details coming soon.


Contact Us:

Dr. Julie Bedford


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