City offering free pick-up breakfast and lunch for children at 3 Rec Centers, more to be added next week
- Mayor committed to making sure Detroit children don’t go hungry during COVID-19
- 24 charter schools also offering free breakfast and lunches for any child
- Two meals daily available at 3 city Recreation Centers between 8:30AM & 1:30 PM
- City expects to expand to more locations next week
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.
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
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.”
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 www.detroitmi.gov/coronoavirus.
- Cornerstone Health and Technology High School, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- Cornerstone Lincoln-King Academy (Adams Young Campus), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- Cornerstone Washington-Parks, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- Cornerstone Madison-Carver Academy, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- 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, 11 a.m. – 2p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for students 18 and under and adults with special needs up to age 26
- Detroit Enterprise Academy, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- Detroit Leadership Academy (High School)
- Detroit Leadership Academy (Prek-8 Site)
- Detroit Merit Charter Academy, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- Detroit Premier Academy, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily for students 18 and under
- Detroit Prep
- Escuela Avancemos, 1 – 3 p.m. daily for Escuela students
- Hope Academy, 9 a.m. – 2p.m. Tue/Wed/Thu for students 1 and under
- New Paradigm College Prep, 11 a.m. – 2p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for students 18 and under and adults with special needs up to age 26
- New Paradigm Glazer Academy, 11 a.m. – 2p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for students 18 and under and adults with special needs up to age 26
- New Paradigm Loving Academy, 11 a.m. – 2p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for students 18 and under and adults with special needs up to age 26
- Plymouth Education Center, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday and Thursday
- University Prep Academy High School, 12 – 4 p.m. on Monday and Thursday
The City of Detroit is also 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::
- Clement Recreation Center, Every-other Wednesday, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, Every-other Saturday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
More sites are expected to come online soon. Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest are still providing groceries through their existing partners across the region, which can be found here.
Meals for Seniors
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is proving frozen meals for seniors ages 60 and up. Senior can pick up five days worth of meals every Wednesday from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the following recreation centers:
- Adams Butzel Family Center, 10500 Lyndon , Detroit, MI
- Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI
- Patton Community Center, 2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI
- Joseph Walker Williams Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI