Annual Hunger Free Summer Program Begins

Feed more than 300 thousand local kids over summer

WXYZ.COM - State Organizers have given the "green light" for the Annual Hunger Free Summer Campaign. More than 300,000 children in Southeastern Michigan rely on free or reduced meals during the school year. When school is out, many families are left wondering what to eat for the day.

According to Hunger Free Summer 2014, child poverty has grown to 25% 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. The Hunger Free Summer campaign was created to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.  Hunger Free Summer supports Gleaners Community Food Bank's programs that reach thousands of hungry children throughout Southeast Michigan with nutritious food.

Gleaners' school based mobile pantry program reaches hungry children in high-need communities. Each distribution provides up to 150 households with 35-40 pounds of nutritious food, including frozen meat and fresh produce. About 50 distributions are expected each month, serving 7,500 families.

For more on the program, it's partners, who it helps and how you can help click here .  The 11-week free summer program ends September first.