Press Releases

The Center for Civil Justice accepts inquiries from news agencies by telephone (810) 244-8044 or email at info@ccj-mi.org.  Unless a different contact is listed, contact Communications Specialist Justin Rumenapp at jrumenapp@ccj-mi.org.


Free Summer Meals for Kids Opening Statewide This Week
FLINT, Mich. - June 17, 2014 - Free summer meals for Michigan’s children are opening this week, and many will remain open until mid-August. Depending on the location, meal sites offer breakfast, lunch and/or a snack. Summer meal programs are hosted by schools, nonprofits and religious organizations, in areas of high poverty. Many sites also offer learning and recreational activities.

Center for Civil Justice Awarded $80,000 to Fight Hunger in Michigan
FLINT, Mich. - June 17, 2014 - Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) was awarded two $40,000 grants from The Food Research Action Center (FRAC) to fight hunger and advocate for anti-hunger policy at the state and federal level. One of the grants will be split with the newly formed Michigan Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger organization comprised of former CCJ staffers. This grant will continue to support CCJ’s long standing work in the anti-hunger arena, particularly around state and federal anti-hunger initiatives such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) outreach and child nutrition programs.

Summer Meals Reaching 1 in 8 Low-Income Children in Michigan
FLINT, Mich. - June 3, 2014 - A new report finds that participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs increased in Michigan, with 67,500 low-income children receiving summer meals on an average day in July 2013. This was a significant increase of 8 percent from the previous summer. Center for Civil Justice noted that summer meals reached only 12 students for every 100 low-income children who got regular school year school meals in the 2012-2013 school year.

Center for Civil Justice Hires New Executive Director, Expands Advocacy Efforts
FLINT, Mich. - May 21, 2014 - Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) has hired Edward J. Hoort as its Interim Director, and Mr. Hoort has indicated his desire to expand CCJ's range of legal advocacy. New areas of advocacy will include housing, prisoner rights, consumer issues and civil rights. Public benefits, for which CCJ remains best known, will remain a priority. Advocacy will include both efforts both the litigation and legislative arenas.

Farmers Markets Now Open, Accepeting Bridge Cards
FLINT, Mich. – May 6, 2014 - Farmers markets throughout Michigan are opening and many are providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income families by accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food Stamps) benefits – on “Bridge cards.” Many markets are even encouraging SNAP recipients to participate by offering “Double Up Food Bucks” for an additional dollar for every dollar spent at the market, up to a maximum of $20 per visit.

Lawsuit against Secretary of State, City of Saginaw Seeks to Ensure Proper Notification of Vehicle Impoundment
BAY CITY, Mich. – May 2, 2014 -- Center for Civil Justice filed a lawsuit in federal court May 1, on behalf of Saginaw resident John L. Boyd, seeking to ensure that vehicle owners are properly notified of vehicle impoundment in a timely manner. Impoundment fees accrue daily, and any untimely notices can result in steep costs to get a vehicle returned. 

Schools in Low-Income Areas May Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch This Fall
FLINT, Mich. -- April 28, 2014 – Over 800 schools located in high-poverty areas have the option to offer school lunches and breakfasts to all students at no charge this fall. The lunches and breakfasts will be offered as part of what is known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), and the Michigan Department of Education is taking applications through June 30. While the main goal of CEP is to reduce hunger among at-risk student populations, the provision also helps to reduce school paperwork and erase meal debt.

Bridge Card Recipients to See Changes in Benefits Starting May 1st
MICHIGAN- April 23, 2014 – Changes in the way Michigan Department of Human Resources calculates benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as Food Stamps) will lead to a reduction in food assistance for some recipients in the state. These changes were enacted by Michigan Department of Human Service (DHS) in order to address adjustments in the Farm Bill passed by Congress earlier this year. All SNAP recipients will have their SNAP benefits recalculated under the new rules starting May 1, 2014 with the exact date depending on their recertification date.

Healthy Michigan Insurance Plan Now Available to Genesee County Residents 
FLINT, MI - April, 1, 2014 - Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) Health Eligibility Law Project’s HELPline is available to help Genesee County residents who have questions about or problems qualifying for coverage under the new Healthy Michigan Plan. Administered by the State of Michigan, the plan begins on April 1, 2014, and enrollment will remain open with no deadline. CCJ’s HELPline will be available during weekday business hours (9am – 5pm) and can be reached at (810) 238-8053.

As Deadline Approaches, Center for Civil Justice to Host “Obamacare” Sign Up Session
SAGINAW, MI – March 18, 2014
– Center for Civil Justice and the Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency are holding an Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) information and application help session on March 24th, 2014, for people without affordable health coverage. The event will be held at 5:30 pm in Hoyt Library, 505 Janes Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607. Anyone who would like information about becoming insured is welcome. The session will include one-on-one help signing up for health coverage and subsidies.  

Center for Civil Justice is Helping Local Programs Feed Children this Summer
BAY CITY, MI – February 28, 2014 – Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) is looking to help out-of-school programs serve nutritious meals to children this summer. CCJ can help eligible schools, non-profit organizations, faith-based groups and libraries apply for federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) funding. Applications for Summer 2014 are being accepted from March 1 through May 1 and are processed by the Michigan Department of Education.

 School Breakfast Reaching More Children in Michigan
FLINT, MI– January 29, 2014 – A new national report finds that 322,901 low-income children in Michigan ate school breakfast during the 2012-2013 school year. This marks a 2% increase from the previous school year and demonstrates Michigan’s efforts to provide students with a healthy start to their day.