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Gleaners Child Feeding Programs

Hunger Free Schools girl

Gleaners Community Food Bank partners with local schools to end child hunger one school at a time. Food is distributed year-round, including summer months when the risk of child hunger is at its greatest. 

School-Based Mobile Pantries

Gleaners school-based mobile pantry program is a highly efficient distribution model that targets families with young children residing in high-need communities. Each monthly distribution serves up to 200 families, providing them with 35-50 pounds of protein, produce and non-perishable pantry products. The SBMP program launched in April of 2011 with five sites; Gleaners now serves 60 sites, serving 9,000 families monthly.   

BackPack Program 

Gleaners BackPack program provides weekend meals to children who receive free or reduced lunches in school. Each BackPack supplies a minimum of six balanced meals. More info →

SmartBites Program

SmartBites provides schools with healthy snacks to distribute to hungry students during the school day or at after school tutoring programs. Currently, schools participating in the program receive 60-240 bags per month. Each bag is filled with 30-36 items, including granola bars, cereal and fruit cups. More info →

Hunger Free Summer

The Hunger Free Summer campaign (HFS) provides summer meals to children who would receive free or reduced-fee meals during the school year. Distribution is made possible through school-based mobile pantries, BackPacks, the Summer Feeding Service Program (providing nutritous lunches Monday-Friday while school is out), and agency partnerships. Hunger Free Summer is supported through a matching gift campaign in which corporate partners, including Charter One Foundation, match public contributions. More info →