How do we serve our community?

households helped with GED, Utility Assistance and other Financial Needs (in 2021

Did you know you can get your GED free of charge through BACN? Our partner Northwest Michigan Works provides a certified instructor to help students prepare for their GED exam. Michigan Works also hosts job fairs and employment assistance here at BACN. Watch this website (and follow us on Facebook!) to learn of these opportunities as they occur, and for information about the GED startup in the fall of 2021.

Bags of Clothing and Youth In Transition Kits distributed in 2021

The Clothing Center is open 10 a.m. till 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Neighbors may shop for clothing (a limited amount of linens and small housewares are also available) once each week.

over 100 people volunteered at BACN in 2021

Are you looking for a place to meet new friends while having a positive impact on your community? Consider joining BACN’s cadre of caring volunteers! Whether you are able to help once a week, or on a more limited basis, we can use your help. What kinds of things do volunteers do? We have jobs for every interest. Front desk reception (manning the phones and greeting Neighbors), Coordinators (meeting with Neighbors one-on-one to determine needs for that day), Pantry workers (stocking, assisting Neighbors as they shop or check out groceries), Clothing Center (sorting and displaying donations, assisting Neighbors as they shop or check out), 2- hour shifts on food drives twice annually, sorting newsletters or other mailings, and more! Please fill out and submit an application.

Visits to the Food Pantry and Senior Red Bag Recipients in 2021

The food pantry is open from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Each household size determines the amount of food BACN is able to offer. Neighbors may visit twice each month (once per week). We are still offering the Drive-up Pantry for those who need this service. Drive-up service is available from 1:30 p.m. till 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Are you a homebound senior citizen receiving Meals on Wheels from Benzie Senior Resources? You may qualify to receive a BACN “Red Bag” of supplemental food twice each month. Give us a call to learn more about any of our food services: 231-882-9544.

New Households welcomed to BACN in 2021

Did you know BACN, through a variety of partnerships and funding sources, provides window kits each year to help offset utility bills? We provide limited financial assistance for utilities, but are often able to connect people with larger needs to other area resources. Through the years, our partners have  also provided energy Kits to foster hot water savings, smoke detectors and radon test kits to help ensure safety in our Neighbors’ homes.


of those receiving help in 2021 were children age infant through 17

There are often times when a financial crisis—medical bills, a needed car or home repair, or other special needs can have a chaotic effect on a household budget. BACN provides limited financial assistance, but is often able to connect Neighbors to area partners for the needed help. The general help BACN gives—food, clothing, school supplies, household items—can help offset household expenses to allow for emergencies to be covered. Please do not hesitate to call us if you see a struggle coming for your household—that is why we are here! 231-882-9544.