Feeding the community during the COVID-19 crisis
Here in Michigan, schools, libraries and other facilities are closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Coupled with shortages in grocery stores, some families that rely on food-security programs may be struggling to feed their families. Local non-profit agencies are working hard to ensure these programs are maintained and our communities don’t go hungry. If you or someone you know needs help, scroll down for a list of food-security programs, organized by county and school district. If you are able to volunteer to help get food to those in need, or would like to donate, click here.
Ann Arbor Public Schools has set 11 locations for free meal pickups around Ann Arbor. Breakfast and lunch packages are available for pickup from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Tuesdays and Fridaysexcept for Friday, April 3. Meals will be available on Thursday, April 2 instead.
- Bryant Community Center, 3 W. Eden Court.
- Green Baxter Court Community Center, 1737 Green Road.
- Hikone Community Center, 2724 Hikone Drive.
- The Pinelake Village Coop, outside the clubhouse, 2680 Adrienne Drive.
- Lakestone Apartments, outside the clubhouse, 4275 Eyrie Drive.
- Scio Farms, outside the clubhouse, 6655 Jackson Road.
- Orchard Grove, outside the clubhouse, 2835 S. Wagner Road.
- Carpenter Elementary, outside the school, 4250 Central Blvd.
- Scarlett Middle School, outside the school, 3300 Lorraine St.
- Peace Maple Meadows Satellite, West Ann Arbor Satellite 1111 N. Maple Road.
- Arrowwood Hills Community Center, 2566 Arrowwood Trail.
For individuals that cannot make it to one of these food pick-ups or have food allergy concerns, call the AAPS Food Service Hotline at 734-994-2265.
Chelsea School District Food Service is providing sack breakfast and lunch meals for students from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 18; Monday, March 23 and Friday, March 27 at the Chelsea High School commons entrance. Please contact (734) 433-2208 ext. 6082 for further information.
Dexter Community Schools is implementing Drive-up pickup starting Tuesday, March 17 in the Mill Creek Parking Lot.Drive-up pickup will be 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM every Tuesday and Friday. Each pickup will include breakfast and lunch for 5 days’ worth per child.
Lincoln Consolidated Schools’ Lincoln Food Service is providing grab and go meals for all students in need. Drive-through distribution begins Monday, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM behind the Lincoln High School East Cafe
Milan Area Schools will run its usual bus route to get meals to families starting Tuesday, March 17. Additionally, a drive-through site will be available between 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM at Paddock Elementary. Information regarding further food service distribution will be available Wednesday morning.
Saline Area Social Services is distributing pre-packaged groceries to families 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM Tuesday and Thursday in its parking lot at 244 W. Michigan Ave. Those interested in volunteering are asked to call 734-476-7831.
Ypsilanti Community Schools will offer a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch to be provided from March 17 to April 2. Meals will be handed out11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays at all six locations. Three sites will hand out meals from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on those days as well.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- A.C.C.E., 1076 Ecorse
- Community Family Life Center, 1375 S Harris Road
- Stronger Tower Ministries, 134 Spencer Lane
- Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong Drive
- CRC Community Resource Center, 2057 Tyler Road
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- Community Family Life Center
- Stronger Tower Ministries
- Parkridge Community Center
The district is in search of volunteers to staff the six locations. Training for 24 lead volunteers is 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Monday at the district administration building, 1885 Packard St. Additional volunteers will be needed starting Tuesday, March 17. Part of the job for lead volunteers will be documenting meals served and assisting with clean up.
Howell Public Schools is offering food on Monday, March 23 and Monday, March 30 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the circle driveway on the north side of Howell High School. The district will deliver meal kits to families who are unable come during the pick-up time. If you need a meal kit delivered, please use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvy-qr2Aye-sm8q5qozk8aBi_5dFTIyWpL0e_TLP6FXZQkeQ/viewform
Fowlerville Community Schools is partnering with Gleaners’ Community Food Bank to distribute food to their students’ families on Thursday, March 19th and Thursday, April 2nd at the Fowlerville High School. Any member of a student’s family can come to the main entrance of the high school from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Approximately two weeks of food for each student will be distributed. There are other resources available to support families during this time as well. Breakfast sandwiches are being distributed at Kodet’s Hardware. Visit their Facebook page for more information. Lunch is being distributed at the Torch 180 at 131 Mill Street. Click here for more information. Families in need of support could also call the Family Impact Center at (517) 223- 4428.
Brighton Area Schools’ Student Nutrition Department has donated a large quantity of unused food to Gleaners for distribution to families during the shutdown. Gleaners’ Shared Harvest Pantry will be open by appointment only. The pantry will offer a drive-up service with a box of food; and may include meat, fresh produce, toilet paper and laundry soap as supplies are available. For more information, call (517) 548-3710.
The Salvation Army will provide sack lunches Tuesday-Friday next week from Noon to 1 PM at the following locations:
- Tuesday: Lakeshore Village Apartments 2812 Ontario Ct, Howell, MI 48843
- Wednesday: Grand Plaza Apartments 401 S Highlander Way, Howell, MI 48843
- Thursday: Prentis Estates Apartments1103 S Latson Rd, Howell, MI 48843
- Friday: Howell Estates, 515 Mason Rd, Howell, MI 48843
Brighton Area Schools will also be continuing their “Blessings in a Backpack” program through BAS by distributing food in the BECC parking lot during the next three Tuesdays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. This will be a drive through pick up process. If you need additional support, please email Starr Acromite at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (810) 299-4040.
Pinckney Community Schools will be offering breakfast and lunch food Thursdays from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Food will be distributed in front of pathfinder school at the main office entry. They ask that all parents and students remain in their vehicles as the food is brought to their car. Two-day portions will be provided at each distribution. Electronic forms are currently being developed so that they can deliver food personally. Pinckney Community Schools will offer a mobile food pantry Wednesday, March 18th from 5:00PM – 6:00 PM in the district transportation garage.
Whitmore Lake Public Schools is providing grab and go breakfast and lunches Monday through Friday. Breakfast can be picked up 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM, and lunch is picked up from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the front doors of Whitmore Lake Elementary School, 1077 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake, MI. To help plan for the right amount of food, parents are asked to fill out this form. If your family is unable to pick up the meals, but still are in need of assistance, you can fill out this form
Clarkston Community Schools is partnering with Chartwells School Dining to provide free breakfasts and lunch to families in need. Students ages 18 and younger (or 26 and younger if an Adult Transition Services student) can pick up food Monday through Friday at the following locations and times:
CURBSIDE PICK-UP AT:
- Andersonville Elementary School
- 10350 Andersonville Road
- Daily pick-up from 11am-12:30pm
- Sashabaw Middle School
- 5565 Pine Knob Lane
- Daily pick-up from 11am-12:30pm
- Clarkston Junior High School
- 6595 Waldon Road
- Daily pick-up from 11am-12:30pm
- CCS FOOD SERVICES TRUCK IN PARKING LOT AT:
- Bridgewater Park Apartments
- 5801 Bridgewater Dr.
- Daily pick-up from 11:30am-12pm
- Clintonvilla Mobile Home Community
- 4851 Clintonville Rd.
- Daily pick-up from 12pm-12:30pm
- Independence Woods Mobile Home Community
- 2500 Mann Rd.
- Daily pick-up from 11am-11:30am
- Bridgewater Park Apartments
Clawson Public Schools is collaborating with Chartwells dining services to offer a free brown bag breakfast and lunch program to all members in the community from Monday to Friday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Clawson Middle School.
Novi Community School District will provide grab and go breakfast and lunches for students aged 18 and under and students with IEPs up to age 26 on Tuesday March 24 and Tuesday March 31. Seven days of food will be provided each week. Food will be provided for each student in the family. Families can pick up the food in the Novi High School Taft Road parking lot. It is a drive through process in the bus loop area. Families can pick up food between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. There are also two mobile drop off areas in the community. One in the Novi Ridge Apartments and the other in the Pavilion Court. Food will be delivered to the clubhouses via a Novi Community School District bus in both locations between 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Children do not have to be present.
Pontiac School District will deliver meals to designated stops along each bus route starting Wednesday, March 18 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. For full details click here.
South Lyon Community Schools’ students are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch for seven days on each pickup date listed below. Students do not need to be present. This program will be a pickup and go program. Families will pull up to the main entrance of the respective school building and volunteers will come to your vehicle to ask how many children you will be feeding. At that time, they will bring the prepacked breakfast and lunch food to your vehicle. Wednesday, March 18; Wednesday, March 25 and Wednesday, April 1. The locations include:
- South Lyon High School 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Kent Lake Elementary 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Dolsen Elementary 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Salem Elementary 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Southfield Public Schools is working with SFE and First Student to offer up to two meals per day to all children ages 18 and under for free. This includes students with disabilities, ages 18-26, with an active individual education program (IEP). Beginning Monday, March 16, meals for seven days a week will be delivered to Southfield Public Schools students and all children in the community throughout the time of the state closure of schools. Specified stops will be made from 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM daily.
Students that ride special needs buses will have meals delivered to their homes. In addition, there will be buses on standby to capture students who may miss the scheduled bus delivery or for special meals. Meals will also be distributed at Thompson K-8 International Academy (16300 Lincoln Drive, Southfield 48076) starting Monday, March 16, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The remainder of the week’s distribution will be 8:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Please call (248) 746-8522 for questions. Click here for the full bus stop schedule.
Troy School District is offering grab and go breakfasts and lunches every weekday from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM from March 17 to April 1 at the following locations:
- Athens High School
- Troy High School
- Troy Career and College HS
- Baker Middle School
- Smith Middle School
- Morse Elementary School
- Troy Union Elementary
- Charter Square Apartments
- Rochester Villas
- Somerset Apartments
- The Gables of Troy
- Troy Villas
For further information, please call (248) 823-5089.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools has a curbside pickup for students in need Monday, March 23 and 30 from 1:45 PM – 3:00PM. If you are unable to pick up food, email email@example.com for delivery.
Dearborn Public Schools is offering free pickup breakfast and lunch for students while school is closed for the mandatory shut down over the next three weeks. Pickups will run daily from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM starting March 17 at Fordson High School, Edsel Ford High School, Dearborn High School, McCollough-Unis K-8, Salina Intermediate School and Woodworth Middle School.
Detroit Public Schools will offer Breakfast and lunch and Academic Packets starting Wednesday, March 18 at 58 DPSCD buildings. Students will not be allowed to enter the building.
- A “grab-and-go” breakfast will be served, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
- A “grab-and-go” lunch will be served from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
- Academic K-8 learning packets with a focus on Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies can be picked-up at the same 58 school locations listed below.
All school locations listed below are linked to Google Maps for directions.
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Plymouth – Canton Community Schools has put together a plan for six district sites to make breakfast and lunch meals available on a weekly basis. Families are welcome to come pick up free meals for all kids every Wednesday during the school closure period, starting on Wednesday, March 18.
Each package contains both breakfast and lunch for five days. This program is for all kids 18 years old and under, as well as our students ages 18 to 26 who are serviced with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in their community.
MEAL PICKUP SCHEDULE:
Every Wednesday during the school closure period (starting March 18) from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Salem High School, 46181 Joy Rd., Canton
- Starkweather Academy, 39750 Joy Rd., Plymouth
- Discovery Middle School, 45083 Hanford Rd., Canton
- Liberty Middle School, 46250 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton
- West Middle School, 44401 Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
- Eriksson Elementary, 1275 Haggerty Rd., Canton
In addition, families may visit other school locations to pick up meals should it be more convenient. Visit the Wayne RESA website for a complete list of Wayne County school districts that are offering free meal programs. For questions, contact Healthy.Meals@pccsk12.com.
Van Buren Public Schools’ Bus Service will be delivering meals from March 19 to April 10, Monday through Friday. For more information, click here.
Wayne-Westland Community Schools will be providing drive-thru breakfast and lunch for ALL students from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at John Glenn High School, located at 36105 Marquette, Westland, MI on the following dates: Wednesday, March 18; Monday, March 23 and Monday, March 30. Students do not need to be present Please fill out this form before you visit to indicate which date(s) you plan to attend and how many children are in your family.
Wyandotte Public Schools is offering breakfast and lunch for pickup in weekly portions on Wednesday, March 18; Wednesday, March 25 and Wednesday, April 1 at the Roosevelt High School main entrance parking lot from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Other services offered within Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw, or Wayne counties
Bountiful Harvest is providing breakfast and lunches for Livingston County children who qualify for reduced or free lunch. They will be providing each child with enough food for breakfast and lunch for a week with pickups once per week at 290 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI. Please call the day before pickup by 5:00 PM at (810) 360-0271. People are welcome to shop the pantry during their normal pantry hours Thursday 6:00 PM – 8:00, Friday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. They also serve a hot dinner Friday night 3:30 to 5:30 and a hot breakfast Saturday morning 8-11. Takeout meals are available. For those who do not wish to come in, they have a shopping list for you to choose the items you want and volunteer shoppers will gather their goods and bring them to your vehicle.
Hope Clinic is distributing hot meals to go on Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays. It will have emergency groceries available during operating hours. Call (734) 484-2989 to make a pantry appointment. Visit at 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, MI.
SOS Community Services has pantry days from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM every Tuesday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Wednesday at 114 North River in Ypsilanti, MI 48198. Please call for appointments at (734) 484-9945 prior to pantry day. Walk-ins will be accepted with limited pantry access. Emergency groceries are also available.
TeaHaus is providing free boxed lunches for AAPS students starting Monday. The boxed meals are being handed out at Eat More Tea, 211 E. Ann St. in downtown Ann Arbor.
Palm Palace is offering free meals for kids while schools are closed at 2370 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor. Please call (734) 606-0706
Food Gatherers has multiple locations across the state and will continue its operations with altered hours to distribute food. Visit their website here for hours of operation.
Connor O’Neill’s Irish Pub is offering boxed lunches for children between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor.
Downriver food pantries list https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R-XbvLVowMKSlWNGFukXYtDOoONXRyGu-f-Q7kYXj-4/edit
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