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Kids Helping Kids® SmartBites

In September 1999, Ms. Jacqueline Jones, a guidance counselor at Pitcher Elementary School in Detroit, placed a call to Gleaners Community Food Bank. She wanted a speaker to address her students about what it is that we do at Gleaners. Before ending the call, Ms. Jones mentioned that some of her students came to school hungry. That spark ignited the idea of SmartBites (formerly KidSnack).

Today, SmartBites provides schools with healthful snacks to distribute to hungry students during the school day or at after school tutoring programs. 70 low-income neighborhood schools in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties participate. SmartBites bags from Gleaners are filled with items such as granola bars, cereal, and dried fruit. 

SmartBites bags are packed by school children that come to the Gleaners Kids Helping Kids® program to volunteer. School groups tour the food bank facility, participate in an educational session on hunger awareness and nutrition, and also pack SmartBites bags with healthful snacks or BackPacks with weekend meals for children.


SmartBites Program locations and hours:

DETROIT - Kids Helping Kids
2131 Beaufait, Detroit MI 48207
866-GLEANER (453-2637), ext. 265
Please contact us to schedule your group to volunteer for KHK Detroit » 
Please note that our KHK program is full at this time but we are booking for September 2015.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  
9:00am - 11:30am

Tuesday & Wednesday
12:30pm - 2:30pm

1:00pm - 3:15 PM 
Detroit offers Family Day for individual families to join KHK groups every third Saturday.

WARREN - Kids Helping Kids
24140 Mound Rd., Warren MI 48091
866-GLEANER (453-2637), ext. 265
Please contact us to schedule your group to volunteer for KHK Warren »

PONTIAC - Kids Helping Kids
120 E. Columbia, Pontiac MI 48343
866-GLEANER (453-2637), ext. 403
Please contact us to schedule your group to volunteer for KHK Pontiac »

Tuesday - Saturday
9:00am - 11:30am
12:30pm - 2:30pm 

Become a SmartBites Recipient

The program is made possible by generous donations from foundations, companies and the community. To contribute to the SmartBites Program, call Rachelle Bonelli at 866-GLEANER, ext. 230 or email