City of Detroit Offers Free Food Pick-Up and Groceries For Children

The City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Division is providing meals for children during the COVID-19 outbreak and school shut down. On Monday – Thursday, parents and children can pick up two meals (Breakfast and Lunch) between the hours of 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On Fridays, they can request additional meals to get them through the weekend.


Until this week, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) had been providing grab and go meals at 58 locations. With DPSCD shifting away from that model of food distribution, Mayor Mike Duggan promised on Monday that the city would not let children in Detroit go hungry during this crisis.


“In the past, children were too often overlooked when the city experienced hardship. That is not going to be the case today,” said Mayor Duggan. “Last week we distributed 18,000 meals to children and we expect to more than triple our capacity this week by getting more recreation centers online. We want the children in our community and their families who may be feeling uncertain right now, that their city is here for them and they will have food available to them as long as they need it.”


Meal pick-up will be provided at the following City Recreation Centers:


Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon

Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive

Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort Street


As of late Monday afternoon, 24 of Detroit’s charter school operators and school leaders committed to continue to serve Detroit students during the unexpected school closure. Working in collaboration with the City of Detroit, Community Education Commission, local philanthropy and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers, all of the schools listed below are working to serve a mix of “Grab and Go” breakfasts, lunches, pre-prepared meals and serve as “Gleaners Hubs” where families can pick-up groceries one time a week.


Last week more than 10,000 meals were served and/or delivered to students, and it is the goal of the charter school leaders to continue to meet essential food needs of families as long as it remains safe to do so.


“Our charter school partners have really stepped up to help meet this important need,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “I deeply appreciate their efforts to mobilize so quickly to make sure that our children have access to two nutritious meals each day.”


Participating Charter Schools:

Mon-Friday, 8AM – 1 PM, although dates and times may vary by location. Updated details will be available Tuesday at

  • Cornerstone Health and Technology High School
  • Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy
  • Cornerstone Lincoln-King Academy (Adams Young Campus)
  • Cornerstone Washington-Parks
  • Cornertsone Madison-Carver Academy
  • Covenant House Academy Detroit (SW Site)
  • Covenant House Academy Detroit (Central Site)
  • Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Detroit Achievement Academy
  • Detroit Edison Public School Academy
  • Detroit Enterprise Academy
  • Detroit Leadership Academy (High School)
  • Detroit Leadership Academy (Prek-8 Site)
  • Detroit Merit Charter Academy
  • Detroit Premier Academy
  • Detroit Prep
  • Escuela Avancemos
  • Hope Academy
  • Hope Academy
  • New Paradigm College Prep
  • New Paradigm Glazer Academy
  • New Paradigm Loving Academy
  • Plymouth Education Center
  • University Prep Academy High School


Groceries also available


As the need for food grows, the City of Detroit is working with Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest to provide alternative sites where families can get groceries.  Starting this week, Gleaners will begin providing groceries to families with children at two additional Recreation centers:


  • Roberto Clemente Recreation Center, 2631 Bagley
    • 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Every other Wednesday starting March 25
  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive
    • 1:30 – 4:30 PM, Every other Saturday starting March 29


More sites are expected to come online soon.  Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest are still providing groceries through their existing partners across the region.  They are listed at on the city’s website at



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