Gleaners Community Food Bank created the Hunger Free Summer campaign in 2011 to ensure that no child goes hungry during the summer. 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 nutritious food they need to grow healthy and strong.
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.
In 2016 Gleaners’ School-Based Mobile Pantry program reached hungry children in high-need communities. Each distribution provided approximately 100 households with 30 pounds of nutritious food, including frozen meat and fresh produce.
Children at more than 90 sites received nutritious lunches through the Summer Food Service program. Summer meals were provided five days a week to 4,200 children.
Additionally, through Gleaners’ extensive network of more than 534 partner soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, the Hunger Free Summer campaign reaches children who would otherwise go without the nourishment they need during the summer.