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Free Bottled Water, Filters available at Help Centers
Effective April 16, 2018, Flint residents can go to any of the following Help Centers to obtain water, filters and other related supplies. The centers are managed by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Their purpose is to serve as resource hubs that help promote healthy physical and mental development and improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the Flint community. They will offer resources and services including bottled water, a variety of foods and fresh produce, personal care items, nutritional services, physical health services and mental health services. Services will be provided from two semi-trailers that are staged in the church parking lots to distribute items directly to cars as residents drive through.
The Help Centers are open on the following days from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:

Bethel United Methodist Church
1309 N. Ballenger Hwy, Flint, MI  40504

Asbury United Methodist Church
1653 Davison Rd. Flint, MI  48506
Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ
6702 N. Dort Hwy, Flint, MI  48505

Flint residents with questions or in need of water, filters or other supplies: Call 211 or (810) 410-1138

Residents can obtain free filters and at-home water test kits at Flint City Hall (go to the Information Desk).

Water Filters and Replacement Cartridges:
Through partnerships with local churches, community partners, Help Centers and resident volunteers, we are doing our best to make sure that filters remain available to ALL residents in the City of Flint.

Flint residents can pick up filters at the following Flint locations on the days and times noted:

  • Bethel United Methodist Church         Tues. – Fri. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    1309 N. Ballenger Hwy  48504
  • Asbury United Methodist Church        Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 3: 00 p.m.
    1653 Davison Rd.   48506
  • Calvary United Methodist Church       Wed. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    2111 Flushing Rd.   48507
  • Court Street United Methodist Church  Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    225 Court Street     48502
  • Lincoln Park South Soup Kitchen         Mon. – Sat.   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    3410 Fenton Rd.   48507
  • Greater Holy Temple COGIC                 Tues. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    6702 Dort Hwy     48505
  • Flint City Hall                                            Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    1101 S. Saginaw St. 48502
  • Habitat for Humanity                              Tues. – Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
    101 Burton St.    48503
  • Neighborhood Engagement HUB         Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    3216 M.L. King Ave.   48505
  • Second Chance Ministries                      Tues. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    5306 North St.   48505

    Bottled water also available at:

  • First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church  Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    1121 Beach St. Flint, MI    48502
  • West Court St. Church of God                   Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    2920 W. Court St. Flint, MI  48503

    Residents may also call for CORE at 810-238-6700 to receive a water filter or filter replacement cartridge.
    The Community Outreach Education (CORE) program was established to help ensure that Flint residents know how to properly install, use and maintain water filters so the filters can do what they are designed to do. CORE teams are comprised of Flint residents who have helped others overcome many of the same challenges others are facing. This video link describes the CORE:
    The CORE Program will continue through 2018.

Free Services to Help Make Sure Your Home is Lead Free:

The Lead Safe Home Program at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers assistance to low and moderate- income families, as well as Rental Property Owners, in making their homes lead-safe for children. The Program has made over 2,600 homes lead-safe since March, 1998.  Hundreds of young children now live in housing made lead safe through our program.

If you are eligible for the Lead Safe Home Program, we will provide a FREE Lead Inspection On your home and an average of $10,000 or more in work to make your home lead-safe, including items such as new windows, doors, painting and cleaning. Both rental properties and owner occupied properties are eligible.

For more information visit:

Michigan’s Lead Safe Home Program Details & Application


Flint officials urge residents to participate in the City’s curbside recycling program to dispose of used water bottles. Flint residents can simply contact Keep Genesee County Beautiful at (810) 767-9696, or Republic Services at (800) 438-0966, to request a free recycle bin. Once residents receive a recycle bin, plastic water bottles and other accepted recyclable materials should be placed inside. The contents of the recycle bins will be collected from the curb, along with garbage, on residents’ regular waste pick-up days. If the recycle bin becomes full before the pick-up day, additional bins, containers, or boxes labeled “Recycling” may be used.

If a resident is not eligible to participate in the curbside recycling program, empty water bottles may be taken to an alternative drop-off site located at the Flint Municipal Complex Parking Lot off of 7th Avenue just east of Saginaw Street.

For more information about recycling plastic water bottles, or for details on the City of Flint’s curbside program, please contact any of the following agencies at the phone numbers provided:

City of Flint: (810) 410-1134

Genesee County Recycling Hotline: (810) 762-7744

Keep Genesee County Beautiful: (810) 767-9696

Republic Services: (800) 438-0966

Note: At-home water testing kits can be dropped off at Flint City Hall. The Flint Water Plant is no longer accepting water samples. Residents who are homebound or have access or functional needs can call the United Way’s 2-1-1 number to have water test kits delivered or picked up.

Donate water

All Pallets and Cases of Water over 100:
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Address: 2300 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503
Call: (810) 239-4441 ask for Tina Martinez, Director of Operations to schedule a delivery

Loose water, cases, and pallets of any size are welcome.
Weekdays: Catholic Charities 
Address: 901 Chippewa St, Flint, MI 48503
Call: (810) 232-9950 to make arrangements for delivery

Make a monetary donation:

Financial contributions, to help with the purchase and distribution of bottled water, can be made to the Flint Water Fund at the United Way of Genesee County by visiting Once on the home page Click the DONATE button at the top.

Volunteer your time:

Report directly to the Red Cross anytime between 9:00am-7:00pm.
Please be prepared to volunteer in cold or rainy conditions (Not all positions are outside, but all volunteers should be prepared. Even if they are in a warehouse sorting water/filters, it may still be cold).


Other helpful information available at: