Clinton Township is looking to use money earmarked for promoting the 2020 Census to help feed local residents.
On Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m., Township staff will be standing curbside in the Civic Center parking lot, distributing 750 free lunches to drive-thru visitors. Each car is limited to a maximum of four lunches.
"The Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order allows for leaving the home for limited necessary purposes, namely seeking food,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “According to Executive Order 2020-20, the Governor encourages seeking food using a drive-through or drive-up service, as long as precautions are used,” he said.
The Township applied for and received $25,000 from the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, for the purpose of increasing Census response rates and motivating residents to respond to the Census questionnaire.
“Our initial plan was to use the funds to hold a series of picnics in areas of the Township where responses to the Census are low,” said Deputy Supervisor Liz Vogel. “With the limitations on public gatherings due to the coronavirus, we’re doing the next best thing,” she said.
Vogel added that each driver will receive a Census reminder gift upon departure. “The time it takes to fill out the Census is about the same amount of time to prepare a lunch, probably less,” she said. “We’re taking care of the meal, and all we ask is you use the time to fill out your Census.”
The Township will utilize the catering services of Vintage House Banquets and Catering. Friday’s meal will consist of a hotdog with condiments, a pre-portioned house-made pasta salad, and bag of chips.
The Clinton Township Civic Center main entrance is located at 40700 Romeo Plank Road. Signs will be posted to route visitors through the main entrance, into the parking lot to the curbside pickup, and out through the exit onto to Canal Road.