Gleaners Launches Summer Food Service Program to Provide a ‘Hunger Free Summer’ for Local Kids

DETROIT (June 30, 2020) – Gleaners Community Food Bank today announced the launch of its Summer Food Service Program, with summer meal sites beginning July 1, 2020. The program will complement Gleaners’ food distribution programs through its more than 500-member partner network, emergency food distribution sites and emergency food box delivery programs to meet increased community need through the COVID-19 crisis.

“Every child deserves a hunger free summer, and this year the need for our work to get food into the community is even greater,” said Gerry Brisson, president and CEO of Gleaners. “Children have been without access to school meals since mid-March, and without dedicated summer food programs, many kids in our community would spend the summer wondering where their next meal will come from. Gleaners is dedicated to being a stabilizing resource for our kids.”

This year’s Summer Food Service Program will use multiple distribution models to meet the needs of children and special needs adults aged 19-26 across southeast Michigan.

Grocery sites:
These 41 sites provide fresh milk, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and shelf-stable items to supply enough food for children to have multiple breakfasts and lunches prepared by their families in their own homes. Groceries are provided in a drive-thru set-up.

Meal sites:
These 18 sites will be offered in two formats: providing take-home or onsite nutritionally-balanced, pre-prepared breakfasts and/or lunches. The take-home model allows families with children to pick up the pre-prepared meals once or twice weekly, using a drive-thru set-up. Onsite meals are provided while children are engaged in scheduled programming (such as summer camps or daycare facilities) at each site, with safety protocols in place.

Mobile Delivery sites:
These 28 sites will provide families with lunches five days a week, delivered by refrigerated truck at pre-scheduled times to low-income housing neighborhoods. Parents or siblings can pick up the daily meals from the trucks for children in the household.           

To support Gleaners’ summer food distributions, community members can donate to the Hunger Free Summer Plus campaign, in which all donations are matched by Citizens Bank and other generous donors. Donations can be made securely online at or by mail to Gleaners Community Food Bank (P.O. Box 44050, Detroit, MI 48244-0050). Checks should include “Hunger Free Summer” on the memo line to ensure the donation is matched.

About Gleaners Community Food Bank

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to more than 500 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other agencies throughout southeast Michigan. Each year, Gleaners distributes more than 45 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. This results in an average of 100,000 meals distributed each day to families in need across our region. Gleaners also provides nourishing food and nutrition education to more than 200,000 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 92 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. For more information, visit

Summer Food Service Program

Gleaners Community Food Bank announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Lunch meals will be provided at the following sites. To find more sites in your community call 2-1-1 (toll-free number).

Wayne County Sites

Alberta W. King Village
Bethel Baptist Church, East
Butzel Family Center
Cecil Head Start
Cesar Chavez Academy-Upper Elementary (Martin campus)
Citadel of Praise
Coleman Young Community Center
Cornerstone (DHC)
Demby Terrace
Detroit Achievement Academy
Detroit Leadership Academy High School
Detroit Martial Arts – Life Skills
Diggs Family Homes/DHC EnVision Center
Emerald Springs (DHC)
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
Fountain Court Coop
Gateway Townhomes
Heilmann Community Center
Inkster Boys & Girls Club
Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center
Kennedy Bldg-Ecorse Public Schools
Manchester Place Apartments
Matrix Center
McDonald Square
Northwest Activity Center
Perfecting Community Church
Rock Church International
Sojourner Truth
St. Aubin Square
St. Stephans/St. Mary’s
Summer Jam Day Camp (A Healthy Kidz, Inc. Program)
University Preparatory Academy High School
Van Dyke Center

Avengers Youth Mentoring Organization
Brewster Homes
Calumet Townhomes
Cesar Chavez Academy Elementary-Lower (Vernor campus)
Cher’s Place
City of Highland Park-Ernes T. Ford Field House
Concord Cooperative
Covenant House Academy Southwest
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Detroit Leadership Academy Pk-8
Development Center Head Start
Ebenezer Community and Cultural Center
Escuela Avancemos Academy
Forest Park Apartments
Friendship House at Hamtramck Town Center
Hamtramck Housing Commission
Hope of Detroit Academy Middle/High School
Inkster Head Start
Jefferson Square
Lemoyne Garden
Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center Academy
McCoy Townhouses
Moore Circle
Parkside Estates
Roberto Clemente Rec. Center, Mexican Village Parking Lot
Smith Homes Resident Council
Southwest Solutions @ St. Anthony
St. Mary Magdalen
St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Center
The Yunion-1129 Oakman
Urban Neighborhood Initiative

Livingston County Sites

Fowlerville High School

Ore Creek Middle School

Macomb County Sites

Academy of Warren
Carter Middle School
First United Methodist Church for Carter Middle School
Grissom Middle School
John F. Kennedy Memorial Park
New England Towne Houses Co-op
Robert Lutz School
Warren Tower @ Macomb Community College

Bovenschen School
Clintondale High School
Flynn Educational Center
Holden Elementary
New Apolistic Church
Richmond Community Center
Siersma Elementary School

Oakland County Sites

Faith Lutheran for Grissom Middle School
Oakland County Health Department-Southfield

Morse Elementary
Sibley Square Park

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: