Child hunger is a critical problem in Michigan. 1 in 5 kids in southeast Michigan struggles with hunger and more than a third of Michigan children live in homes where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.
Many of these children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition. In southeast Michigan alone, nearly 300,000 children receive free or reduced-fee meals. When the school year ends, hunger sets in and these children often go without the food they need to grow healthy and strong.
The Hunger Free Summer campaign was created to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer. The Citizens Bank, along with other generous donors, including Ford Motor Company, match donations dollar-for-dollar during the course of the campaign. When matched, every dollar donated provides six meals for hungry kids.
Hunger Free Summer supports Gleaners Community Food Bank's programs that reach thousands of hungry children throughout southeast Michigan with nutritious food. We work with schools and community organizations to ensure a comprehensive and unified approach to tackling child hunger.
Gleaners’ School-Based Mobile Pantry program reaches hungry children in high-need communities. Each distribution provides up to 150 households with 30-35 pounds of nutritious food, including frozen meat and fresh produce. We anticipate being able to provide 60 distributions each month, serving 8,000 families.
Children at more than 80 sites will receive nutritious lunches through the Summer Lunch program. Additionally, 40% of these sites also provide breakfast. Summer meals are provided five days a week to an average of 50 kids per site.
Additionally, through Gleaners’ extensive network of more than 535 partner soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, the Hunger Free Summer campaign will reach children who would otherwise go without the nourishment they need this summer.
You can make a difference by donating today! Every dollar will provide 6 meals for hungry kids. You can also help by spreading the word. Join us on Facebook and Twitter, and encourage your friends and followers to get involved!