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Hunger Heroes School Challenge

Your School Can Make A Difference!

The Hunger Hero School Challenge is a fun and engaging way for students to fight hunger in our community.

School pride and competitive spirit extends beyond the schoolhouse walls. This is why Gleaners is calling upon area schools to channel their school spirit into activism by participating in the Hunger Hero School Challenge.

Nearly 770,000 southeast Michigan residents, including one in four children, are faced with the uncertainty of where their next meal will come from. With the help of our Hunger Hero partners, Gleaners aims to distribute more than 100,000 meals per day in 2013-2014.

Your school can make a big difference for hungry neighbors. By pledging to collect five cans (or other nonperishable food items) per student, each student can feed one person for one day. Or, provide a day’s worth of food with just $1!

Each month, schools will participate in a friendly competition to provide the most meals per student. Top schools will win pizza parties, prizes from the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Organization (like game tickets, drive-in movie tickets, and private skating parties), Detroit Pistons game tickets, and a chance to win a live performance by rock band Royal Hoax at your school.

For more information contact Cara Rayner, Food and Fund Drive Campaign Manager,, 866-453-2637, ext. 406.

Gleaners Can Provide

  • A Food Drive Kit with lots of helpful hints on how to make your food drive a success
  • A speaker to come to your school and talk to your students about Gleaners and the importance of having access to healthy food
  • Boxes, posters and a video on hunger in our community
  • Web site links to educational materials on hunger and nutrition to be used in the classroom
  • Opportunities for groups and individuals to volunteer at one of our five distribution centers
  • “I FED SOMEONE TODAY” stickers for students


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  • Every school will be listed below as a Hunger Hero Champion.
  • Each month, the school that has the most meals per student will win a prize worth up to $500! Choose prizes like pizza or bagel parties, or a package from a local sports team.

Getting Started

  • Sign up here.
  • Recruit Your Team: Involve school leadership (PTA, Student Council, Interact, National Honor Society, etc.), parents, and teachers to help create momentum for the food drive.
  • Create a Timeline: Choose the length of the food drive (one to two weeks is best), get materials, educate your committee, , identify collections sites and divide up tasks. Consider holding a food drive in non-holiday months when donated food is in short supply. 
  • Set Your Goals: Set them high at 1,000 lbs or more. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to get there!
    One canned food item or dried box of food = 1 pound.
    One dollar = 4 pounds.
  • Promote the Food Drive: Make your 1,000 pound goal known to students and parents! 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!
  • 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. 
  • Celebrate a Successful Food Drive: Be sure to communicate back to your school how much food and how many meals were collected, and celebrate the success!


Food Drive Kit Middle and High Schools (pdf) 
Food Drive Kit Elementary Schools (pdf)
Hunger Heroes School Challenge Brochure (pdf)

2013-2014 Hunger Hero Champions


Bloomfield Hills High School
Bloomfield Hills High School 9th Grade Campus
Bloomfield Middle School
Conant Elementary
Detroit Catholic Central
East Hills Middle School
Eastover Elementary
Fox Hills Elementary
Lone Pine Elementary
Macomb Intermediate School District
Parke Lane Elementary
Roeper Lower School
Seaholm High School
St. Joseph Catholic School
Success Mile Academy
Walton Charter School
Way Elementary
West Bloomfield High School (Volley Ball Game)
West Hills Middle School
University of Detroit Jesuit


Allen Park Community School
Allen Park High School
Avondale High School
Beverly Elementary
Brighton High School
Cass Tech High School
Creekside Elementary
Dearborn Heights Montessori Center
Detroit Leadership Academy
Donelson Hills Elementary
Edsel Ford High School
Fordson High School
Franklin Academy
Hamilton Elementary
Hamtramck High School
Hawkins Elementary
Henry Ford Academy Elementary
Houghton Elementary
Kennedy High School
Laurus Academy
Levey Middle School
Lincoln Park Schools
Lincoln Street Alternative School
Lone Pine Elementary
Lutheran High Northwest
MacArthur Elementary
Macomb Christian
Martell Elementary
Mason Elementary
McCollough-Unis School
Monroe High School
Monteith Elementary
Mortell Elementary School
Noor International Academy
Northville High School
Novi High School
Oakland Schools Technical Campus
Old Redford High School
Pace Academy
Renaissance High School
Robert Trombly Elementary School
Rochester Hills Christian
Roseville High School
Sheiko Elementary
Southeast Elementary
Stevenson Elementary
Troy Athens High School
Universal Learning Academy
Way Elementary
West Bloomfield High School Drama Club
West Bloomfield High School VIP Club
Weston Academy


Abbott Middle School
Academy of Southfield
Avondale High School
Bellview Elementary
Brighton High School
Chandler Park Middle School
Cheryl Stockwell Academy
Cody Academy of Public Leadership
Communication and Media Arts High School
Cornerstone Schools
Crescent Academy
Dearborn Academy
Dearborn High School
Detroit Edison Public School Academy
Deerfield Elementary
Detroit International Academy
Detroit School of Arts
Farms International School
Ferndale High School
Franklin Christian Academy
Grosse Ile High School
Hartland Middle School
Henry Ford Early College
Henry Ford High School
Hilton Elementary
Howard Elementary
Hutchins Elementary
International Academy West
Lakes Elementary
Lincoln High School
Lincoln King Academy
Lutheran High School 
Macomb Christian Schools
Madison High School
Maire Elementary
Maltby Intermediate
Martin Luther King High School
Mason Elementary
McIntyre Elementary
Medicine and Community Health
Michigan Math and Science Academy
Michigan Montessori Children's Academy
Montessori Academy of Farmington Hills
Oakland Opportunity Academy
Pace Academy
Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy
Pleasant Lake Elementary
Plymouth Canton High School
Plymouth Canton Montessori
Plymouth High School Hockey Team
Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy
Renaissance High School
Romulus High School
Roosevelt Primary School
Round Elementary
Scranton  Middle School
Simmons Elementary
South Lake High School
Southfield Lathrup High School
Southfield Scholars Academy
Stepping Stone Middle School
Three Fires Elementary
Universal Academy
Universal Learning Academy
University Prep Elementary
University Prep Science and Math High School
University Prep Science and Math Middle School
University Preparatory Academy 
Voyager Elementary
Voyager School
Woodland Elementary
Woodworth Middle School


Beverly Elementary
Burton Elementary
Daniel Axford Elementary
Dearborn Heights Montessori Center
Delta Kelly Elementary
Derby Middle School
Heartland High School
Michigan Technical Academy
Renaissance High School
Roeper Lower School
Seaholm High School Swim Team
Stout Middle School


Bailey Lake Elementary
Brighton High School
Cranbrook Boys Middle School
Denby High School
Detroit Edison Public Academy
Quarton Elementary
Sarah J Webber Media Arts Academy
Shrine High School
Trinity Lutheran School
West Bloomfield High School
West Middle School


Bird Elementary
Bloomfield Middle School
Brighton High School
Burton Elementary
Catholic Central High School
Crothers Elementary
Dearborn Heights Montessori Academy
Delta Kelly Elementary
Eton Academy
Greenfield Elementary
Hart Middle School
Holy Family School
Holden Elementary
Howell High School
Lamphere High School
Madison Carver Acadmey
Margaret Black Elementary
Marist Academy
Marshall Upper Elementary
Mercy High School
Pioneer Middle School
Richard Elementary
Three Fires Elementary
Vista Meadows Academy
Walton Charter Academy
Warren Woods Middle School
WSC Academy


Allen Park Community School
Bozymowski School  
Brookfield Academy
Cass Tech High School
Detroit Enterprise Academy
Detroit West Academy
Dublin Elementary
Eisenhower High School
Fraser High School
Lessenger Elementary
Roeper School
Royal Oak Shrine
Southfield Lathrup 
Troy High School
Universal Learning Academy
West Maple Elementary
Gabriel Richard Catholic High School


Birmingham Elementary Cereal Food Drive
Cranbrook Brookside
Howe Elementary
Keith Elementary
Larson Middle School
Livonia Career Tech Center
Messmore Elementary
Our Lady of Victory
Springfield Christian