Kids Helping Kids

Gleaners collects 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributes 79,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 84,700 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.

Backpack Program

Over 300,000 children in our area receive 2 out of 3 meals at school. Some of these meals are free or at a reduced cost to the family. On the weekend, these children often go without meals. Gleaners partners with local schools to distribute BackPacks filled with nutritious food for children who rely on free or reduced priced meals during the week.

Each BackPack contains:

  • shelf stable milk
  • canned protein
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • whole grain cereal or crackers

School Food Mobiles

Our mission is to provide nutritious, healthy food to students and families at low-income schools in five counties, Livingston, Oakland, Wayne, Monroe and Macomb. School Food Mobiles provide 100- 150 families up to 30 pounds of food. Monthly distributions include fresh vegetables, fruit, and dry goods are provided all year round. This program includes nutrition education for the families. We currently support 75 school sites.


This is a service learning program. School-aged groups (5-18 years old) learn the importance of good nutrition, learn about hunger, volunteerism and how they can help through youth philanthropy. Youth groups pack food bags for distribution at school which are filled with weekend food for kids or snacks for after school programs. The program length is 2 – 2.5 hours.

Empty Bowls

Work with an artist and create two clay bowls. One to keep and one to donate to Gleaners to support school based program. The required donation is $5 per participant. To volunteer, please email us at

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