Hunger Heroes School Challenge

September 01, 2016 - May 29, 2017
2131 Beaufait, Detroit, MI 92804, United States,
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Your School Can Make A Difference!

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The Hunger Heroes School Challenge is a fun and engaging way for students to fight hunger in our community. Each month, participating schools will be entered to compete in a friendly competition to collect the most meals per student. 

Though the economy is on the upswing, there are still people throughout southeast Michigan struggling with hunger. Nearly 30% of them are children. With the help of our Hunger Heroes, Gleaners distributes more than 34 million pounds of food each year, while also working to nourish and educate almost 145,000 children through our Youth & Nutrition programs.

Making a difference is easy!

  • By asking every student to donate at least 4 pounds of food (about 4 cans) or $1, each student will provide 3 meals for a student in need.
  • Become part of our Half-Ton Club by collecting at least 1,000 pounds of food.
  • Host a neighborhood food drive in your area. Leave a plastic bag at each house and come back the following week to pick up donations.
  • Feed a Classroom for a week or more! Every 100 pounds you raise will feed a fellow student for an entire month.

Hunger Hero School Challenge Champions

Get Started

  1. Sign up your school 
  2. Download Food Drive Manuals:
    Our Manual For Elementary Schools or Manual For Middle and High Schools provides tips on planning your drive and creative ideas for making your drive a success.
  3. Promote the Food Drive: 
    Make your goal known to students, teachers, parents and staff! Increase awareness on hunger and nutrition in your school. Provide an in-school incentive for kids to bring food such as no homework for an evening, extra credit, or try to fill the Principal’s office with food. You can remind students about the food drive during morning announcements or in a school newsletter.
  4. Remind and Excite Participants: 
    Whether your food drive is 4 days or 14 days, you need to keep the momentum going. Update students on the drive’s progress. Create a thermometer to track it visually.
  5. Celebrate and be Recognized: 
    Monthly winners will be listed on the Hunger Heroes webpage as that month's Hunger Hero Champions. Schools that donate enough food to become a member of our Half-Ton Club, or those that collect enough to feed a classroom for a week, month or more, will receive a certificate in the mail to display at school. We will also feature our monthly honorees on the website, and in our Volunteer eNews. Share on your Facebook page and tag us @GleanersFan so we can share as well.

 Questions? Contact Stephanie Melnick at or 866-GLEANER (453-2637) Ext 270.